The Midland ISD Board of Trustees approved at its monthly meeting to continue wage payments to district staff and long-term substitutes during the closure of school because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Continued payments support morale, retention and ensures continuity when the district reopens.
Midland ISD has been closed since March 16; per Gov. Greg Abbott’s order, the district will remain closed until at least April 3.
The board also authorized the superintendent to award premium pay of 1.5 times the normal rate for hourly employees who provide essential services while the district is closed, such as those who provide ongoing meal services, facilities maintenance and vital business operations.
Speaking of the approval, Trustee Bryan Murry stated, “Our staff and all employees at Midland ISD are so important to us. We appreciate our employees and volunteers who feed our students breakfast and lunch, our cafeteria workers who have been working extra hours as well as our transportation and custodial staff who work hard to make this all happen.”
“This is a trying time for our community, particularly students,” Trustee Robert Marquez said in comments during the meeting. “It’s amazing what the district has done to reach out for our children to make sure they continue to be fed. It’s a good time for Midland to notice the wonderful, beautiful place we live in and how caring the people are.”