Education Foundation Swamped With Grant Applicants 8/5/13
August 5, 2013
Midland - The Midland Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren released a letter this weekend saying the district is looking to hire around 350 teachers for the upcoming school year.
MISD generally looks for around 150 teachers each spring and summer. However due to the student enrollment growth the district is having to double that number. As we have reported in the past, bringing in that many teachers all at once is tough on the district and the teachers when it comes to finding housing. Warren states in the letter that MISD is working with four major initiatives to overcome these problems, one being the Scharbauer Foundation.
CBS 7 spoke with Foundation officials who say since the grant has been available applications have been rolling in. Education Foundation director Jami Owen receives dozens of phone calls and spends hours returning e-mails with questions about the grant every day. The grant will help more than 300 teachers pay their rent up to 500 dollars a month.
“It’s really great to see the impact that this is having, and the people don’t even have it yet, but we certainly do know what is going to happen when they do get it!” said Owen.
Owen says the district will first be helping those moving to the area, then focusing on those teachers teaching the core subjects such as math, science, history and English. She says although the workload is more it’s an “added pleasure” to help the teachers who really want to stay in our area.
“We really don’t know realize the extent of what teachers are willing to do to be able to stay here because they love Midland and they plan to live here and want to stay and we want them to,” said Owen.
The deadline to apply for the grant is August ninth, however Owen adds there will be another distribution period later in the year and hopes to have the grant money in their first paycheck.