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M.I.S.D. Gets $1 Million Donation

A local foundation is donating $1 million to the Midland Independent School District to help retain school staff.
MIDLAND -- A local foundation is donating $1 million to the Midland Independent School District to help retain school staff. 
 
"It kind of helps me keep employees here in Midland and working for M.I.S.D," Marcelino "Moose" Fuentes said.  He's the director of the M.I.S.D. custodial department.
 
Keeping employees on staff has been a problem for Fuentes.
 
He says the high rent prices make it hard for custodial employees to stay at M.I.S.D.
 
This $1 million donation from the Henry foundation will go along way in helping the district's support staff.
 
"It helps them with their utilities, their rent, and it keeps them here with our family," Fuentes said.
 
The money will be used to ease the burden for those employees.
 
Qualifying members of the staff will be able to get up to $200 per month to pay for rent, and an additional $100 per month to pay for utilities.
 
Fuentes is grateful for that.  After all, M.I.S.D. can't afford to pay their staff anywhere near what the typical oilfield worker makes.
 
"It's pretty hard to get them here and keep them here.  They want to go back to their higher paying jobs, but it helps a lot when you've got people stepping up like the Henry Foundation helping us out and keeping people here at M.I.S.D.," Fuentes said.
 
M.I.S.D. administrators say staff that qualifies for the help with see the additional funds on their paychecks.
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