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When oil gives back, communities can flourish

, Shale Plays Media

Earlier this morning, The Midland Independent School District revealed in a press release that a few heavy hitters in the oil and gas industry are doing their part in securing more teachers and showing commitment to progress in the district.  Some of the notable oil and gas companies include Chevron and Concho Resources.

According to the MISD press release, leaders in industry and private foundations came together to commit to an “initiative that, when designed and implemented with excellence, will help transform Midland ISD into an ideal public education system our children and our community deserve.”

The press release reverberates the MISD Board of Trustees “four-point plan of excellence”. Number one being that of retaining and recruiting the best staff. The combined investment from the participating organizations to the MISD Education Foundation to support current and future teachers totals $6,250,000.

The acknowledged initiatives in the press release were as followed.

  1. MISD will be offering 325 – $10,000 signing bonuses for any new qualified teaching applicant who will commit to teaching in MISD for at least three years.
  2. MISD will be offering 1,200 – $2,500 re-signing bonuses for all current qualified teachers who sign on again for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

“As the superintendent of schools, I am awe-struck by the love, the determination, and the generosity these companies, foundations, and community leader have for our children.” Ryder Warren stated.

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List of disclosed donors:

Concho Resources, Pioneer Natural Resources, Apache Corporation, Warren Equipment Company, Chevron, The Abell-Hanger Foundation, The Henry Foundation, and The Scharbauer Foundation.

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