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2009 Desoto Civic Academy graduates 23

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

DESOTO – These past few weeks have been full of emotions as we draw to a close of our 11-week session for the fall 2009 class of the Desoto Civic Academy.

You know the saying, "time flies when you are having fun?" Well, my last classes went by at lightning speed.

Week 10 was all about finances. We did have the municipal court system tied in as well. Judge Scott Kirth was a special visitor in person who expressed how much he wants the kids he sees in his court to graduate.

While seeing more class c traffic code offenses, Kirth, the municipal judge for the city of Red Oak as well, said he is committed to attract the best and brightest young professionals in our school district.

"They are the future for our children, not in Cedar Hill or North Dallas but right here. Our kids deserve the best education possible," said Kirth.

While he did have to leave to attend a call, the Finance Department showed us how hard it actually is to budget for everything a city needs.

By being divided into groups, each group had their own city with budget constraints. Luckily, I picked the envelope allowing us to receive additional funds. We weren’t able to meet all the demands of our constituents but we were able to get the roads repaired and additional police officers.

Week 11 took a look into the job of the City Secretary Laura Hallmark. She makes sure you get everything needed with the help of Kisha Morris, public records coordinator. The pair strives to keep the lines of communication open to each and every resident or even nonresident alike. Making sure the agendas are posted and keeping meeting minutes leads me to my next topic.

Have you ever thought about being a council member? As I reporter, I sure have. I know people have different opinions, so not speaking for the whole class, one of my very favorite evenings was the last session before graduation. Not only did learning the duties and major role the city secretary plays in the day to day functions of the city, but a mock council featuring us was definitely something unexpected.

I won place three! All in good fun, we were given character names, myself being "Betty Rubble." Words can’t express how much fun there was with an alligator theme park on the agenda. Sadly, it was not approved.

All good fun does indeed come to an end.

"Congratulations class of Fall 2009," said Tracie Hlavinka, coordinator.

As we approached the Nov. 3 council meeting, Mayor Bobby Waddle presented each member with a framed certificate of completion with a firm handshake.

Not to forget EVERYONE who had a helping hand in putting these amazing weeks together, the class decided to present the city of DeSoto a wooden plaque to show our gratitude towards all their time and effort. I learned a lot and met some very sweet and talented friends I will miss dearly.

Let’s all keep in touch, all in favor say "aye."


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