MISD Receives A One Million Dollar Donation 10/10/13
October 10, 2013
Midland - The Midland Independent School District is thrilled after receiving a one million dollar donation from the Henry Foundation. The money will go to helping the MISD support staff pay for rent and home utility assistance. This is the second organization to help MISD. The Scarborough foundation helped MISD teachers earlier this year, and now the Henry Foundation is stepping up as well. MISD Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren says all staff is overjoyed, whether they are applicants for the grant or not.
“Within three minutes of getting that news, I already had people wanting his mailing address to thank him for doing that,” said Warren.
MISD has been struggling for years now to not only keep teachers, but also bring in new ones due to rising cost of rent and living expenses in the Permian basin. “We have been operating about 30-40 bus drivers low, the food service department has been hit the hardest, we probably have about 90 positions still open,” said Warren.
Half of the funds will serve those who are already working for MISD, the other will go to those they hope to bring in from the community. “We are also going to try to use this as a recruiting tool to get our community members into the school district and try to get some of these positions filled,” said Warren.
The school district has around sixteen hundred teachers; the support staff comes close to matching that at fifteen hundred. “The support staff people are absolutely vital to keep this school district running and I hope this shows them how much we appreciate them,” said Warren.
Warren says this donation is a huge gift, and truly shows the Midland mentality. “We all come together if there’s a need, Midland will do everything it can to fill that need, and that’s what Mr. And Mrs. Henry and the foundation has done.” This grant is expected to help the school district for the next year and a half.