DeSoto ISD Looks To Combat Criticism Over Questionable Spending With Documentary
- Written by CBSDFW CBSDFW
- Published: 06 March 2019 06 March 2019
DeSoto, TX - DeSoto ISD, under fire for questionable spending uncovered by the CBS 11 I-Team, is combating criticism by releasing its own docuseries.
Wednesday night, the school district plans to address some of the concerns in a documentary airing in Victory Park in downtown Dallas.
The film is called, “DeSoto Rising.”
Wednesday night’s showing is for DeSoto community leaders, including the mayor and board trustees.
A public viewing will take place Friday at DeSoto High School.
The purpose, district leaders sa,y is to answer the question, “How did the district get here?”
Starting in the 1930s, “DeSoto Rising” traces how socioeconomic diversity became a part of the district’s identity. The film also aims to address the district’s recent controversies.
Superintendent Dr. D’Andre Weaver: “We decided to own our narrative a whole lot better than what anyone else could. we decide to tell our own story,” said Superintendent Dr. D’Andre Weaver.
A DeSoto ISD spokesperson explained the six-month documentary project cost $50,000 funded through a federal grant meant to increase diversity.
In January, the CBS 11 I-Team found questionable spending by current and former administrators including credit card charges spanning everything from luxury hotels to personal items.
Less than a week after the report, DeSoto ISD leaders announced the district may need to close a school to address a budget shortfall, proposing roughly $23 million in cuts.