DeSoto ISD FIRST Report Public Hearing Notice

DeSoto ISD to hold Public Hearing on District’s FIRST State Financial Accountability Rating
Posted on 11/11/2020
Public Hearing Meeting Notice

The DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees and the Administration invite the school community to participate in the DeSoto ISD FIRST Report Public Hearing Monday, November 16, 2020. The FIRST Report is an annual state financial accountability rating that measures the quality and improvement of the financial management practices of Texas school districts. The FIRST Report public hearing will be held during the monthly school board meeting which begins at 6:30 P.M.

Members of the community are allowed to make public comments during the public hearing on the stated agenda item only, the FIRST Report.

Meeting information will be available here.

As a reminder, those interested in speaking during the Public Hearing MUST pre-register to speak.

Click here to complete the pre-registration form to speak during the public hearing.

Please note that Pre-registration will close at 5:30 PM on Monday, November 16, 2020--one hour prior to the start of the Public Hearing.

While all who have pre-registered will be permitted to share comments in a live-streamed, virtual forum, the district would like to inform the public of the rules of engagement for this meeting.

Those who pre-register will receive access information to enter the district’s Zoom video-conferencing platform. Upon entry into the Zoom platform, pre-registrants will be placed in a virtual waiting room until scheduled to speak.

Pre-registrants placed in the virtual waiting room will not have access to view the public hearing while in the virtual waiting room and will need to watch the live-stream online at on a separate device.

When addressing the audience during the public forum, speakers’ commentary MUST adhere to the following:


Everyone must model courtesy and respect. Speakers shall not employ profane or threatening language nor shall they engage in any personal attacks.


The public has the right to make critical and harsh remarks. However, the expectation is that the message delivered by the speaker is done so in a constructive manner with a collaborative purpose. Speakers are expected to respect both the decorum of the public meeting and the authority of the Board.


The Board of Trustees requests that derogatory or inflammatory statements and personal attacks on individuals be avoided. Caution should be exercised in publicly attacking specific individuals.


Members of the public do not have the right to disrupt the meeting. Speakers whose behavior disrupts the conduct of the public meeting or threatens the public safety are subject to removal from the meeting.


Speakers shall not use their commentary in an attempt to interrogate board members nor in an attempt to force the body to engage in debate;  Any questions presented will be answered in writing following the meeting.


Speakers comments must be focused on the posted agenda item only.


Speakers who do not adhere to the above criteria for allowable topics for public commentary will be issued a warning and reminder to remain on topic. Those who choose to violate these rules of engagement will be muted and subject to removal from the public hearing.

If a person wishes to speak but did not pre-register, he or she may submit a comment here to be read aloud at the conclusion of the live-streamed public hearing prior to its adjournment. This link will be disabled at 6:15 PM.

For questions or assistance during the live-streamed, virtual public forum, please direct an email to [email protected] for support.