DeSoto County looks for help with schools

DeSoto County supervisors are asking developers to help finance schools as part of a new master development agreement.

On Monday, DeSoto County supervisors added schools to the new master development agreement list on behalf of the DeSoto County School District, Mississippi's fastest growing school district.

A prototype master development agreement is being drafted by county planners.

Officials say supervisors already had an agreement in the works that would allow developers to voluntarily share the burden of expanding infrastructure for new subdivisions, commercial centers and other development.

A finance consultant for the school system, James W- Young Junior, says a two-year-old state law allows schools to be financed with special assessments under city- or county-approved public improvement districts.