If Midland ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren gets his way, the district will fill its Petroleum Academy staff position before winter break begins on Dec. 19.
MISD hopes to begin offering the academy’s introductory course — principles of oil and gas — at the freshman schools this spring, but that is contingent on hiring the right teacher.
The district is seeking applicants for the Petroleum Academy teacher/coordinator position, which comes with a minimum salary of $75,000, the district announced in press release on Wednesday.
In comparison, a first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree will earn a salary of $48,000 in 2014-15, according to MISD’s teacher salary schedule. Teachers earn more as their experience and education levels increase. For example, a teacher with a doctorate and 40 years of experience will earn $69,430, according to the salary schedule.
Warren said the new position will have administrative duties within the academy that go above and beyond teaching the course in the spring. The person in this role could also supervise future academy teachers, but that has not yet been determined, he said.
The teacher/coordinator salary was set as a way to make the position “as attractive as possible” to get the right candidate who has both the required teaching and petroleum experience, he said.
There is also the potential for “salary enhancements,” which Warren said MISD and its oil and gas partners are in the process of determining.
The new teacher/coordinator is required to have a bachelor’s degree and Texas teaching certification and experience in the oil and gas industry, according to the release.
In the two weeks the MISD academy position has been posted on the district’s website, Warren said six to eight applications have been received. There have been “great applicants” but Warren said he’s still hoping to draw from a broader pool.
A majority of the applicants are current MISD teachers, Warren said.