Eagle Ford Minute by Randy Watson
Schools struggle to find teachers amid Eagle Ford Shale – related housing shortage and wage competition
Looks like Eagle Ford Permits and active wells may be moving up North and East into the Eagle Bine including Fayette, Lee, Burleson, Brazos, Grimes, Milam, Robertson, Madison, Walker, and Leon counties. See:
The Corpus Caller says, With classes starting Aug. 25. Many area districts are still working to fill teaching positions. Officials in Alice, Pettus, Three Rivers and Freer said they’ve had trouble holding onto qualified staff and face housing shortages in their areas. Some districts reported high turnover and losing staff who moved to oil field work, and McMullen County indicated some school employees retired to live off their mineral royalties.
With shortages in the past, districts have asked retired teachers to rejoin the faculty and have put substitutes in classrooms. Some districts are trying to help potential teachers earn their alternative certifications, and is paying for some of their exams, she said.
However, they’re competing with wages in the Eagle Ford Shale. So unless a district is offering a competitive salary or benefits, they’re in real tough spot (in attracting) qualified educators, staff or bus drivers.”