Midland much ado about teachersMidland much ado about teachershttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=67652013-07-24T14:24:00Z2013-07-23T07:00:00Z

MIDLAND - Midland’s city council approved a temporary land use permit for a 70-unit manufactured home development to alleviate the housing issues for Midland Independent School District (MISD) employees.

The MISD starting teaching salary is $48,000, and in 2012, Midland County had the second highest income per capita in the United States at $65,173.

However, monthly rent continues to rise in the Permian Basin, from $568 a month for an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment in 2011 to $779 in 2013, according to the latest Chamber of Commerce annual apartment survey.

Raises — $2,000 for teachers, 4 percent for clerical, technical and manual trades support staff, 4 percent for administrators on teacher salary schedule and 2 percent for executive directors, based on the midpoint salaries — were approved by MISD trustees as means to help all staff members combat the rising cost of living.

Additionally, a donation of $3.3 million from the Scharbauer Foundation to fund rental assistance up to 40 percent, and an apartment locator hotline run by WesTex Communities should provide teachers relief from the volatile housing market, said Superintendent Ryder Warren.

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