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Midland ISD Board of Trustees approves new CFO, principals

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Midland Independent Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new Chief Financial Officer and two new principals.

We’re told Darla Moss was approved as the new CFO.

Moss joins Midland ISD with more than 12 years of experience in school finance and 30 years in accounting and finance. We’re told in the last six years she has served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Liberty-Eylau Independent School District. She began her career working in the private-sector as a finance and accounting specialist.

Midland-Odessa economy shows impressive recovery as it journeys back to previous heights

Not quite there yet, but the Midland-Odessa Regional Economic Index continues its journey back to the heights reached in December 2014 as oil prices were beginning to plummet.

Midland College receives $349K grant for teaching programs in West Texas

Midland College is receiving its second $349,480 Texas School Ready Grant from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

The grant focuses on professional development, coaching and mentoring for pre-k, Head Start and private child care teachers throughout West Texas.

“The goal of this program is to help children be better prepared for school.
Midland College received a similar grant in 2015, and we hire a coordinator to lead professional development activities for teachers in Midland, Odessa and rural West Texas communities.

Midland International Air & Space Port expanding TSA line after frequent overcrowding

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) -

Flights out of Midland are usually carefree, but people have been dealing with overcrowding during peak flying times.

The crowding creates hassles for passengers and airport security, but soon there will be an expansion to that area for easier flying.

"It's going to really kind of change the whole footprint of the airport when you walk in," said Justine Ruff, Director of Airports. "Probably the last five or six years it's been an issue for us."

Midland Health creates Pediatric Task Force

As a part of Midland Health’s vision, to become the healthiest community in Texas, the administration believes in transparency and proactively working hard to attend to our community’s health-care needs. In response to an issue with a patient who had unintended complications, a Pediatric Task Force was initiated. Its main purpose is to set up goals from both pediatric and ER perspectives.

Our community is in need of a comeback

Just when you thought it was OK to look forward and start talking about what our community’s future, the website Parabolic Arc felt the need to pile on.

Last week, the space industry blog was the first to report XCOR Aerospace was laying off its remaining employees. 

That’s right, the same XCOR Aerospace our community invested in -- or bet on -- to put Midland on the space industry map. 

XCOR Lost ULA Engine Contrac

Despite laying off its 21 remaining employees, XCOR Aerospace isn’t dead yet. But, it’s not in real good shape, either.

It turns out that a major blow to the company was the loss of a contract with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to develop an upper stage for the Vulcan booster.

Midland home sales on the rise thanks to steady oil prices

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Home sales are on the rise in Midland and so far this year, there's been record numbers. Even homes over a million dollars are getting sold. It's something that's leaving the real estate market puzzled because oil isn't exactly booming.

"Oil and gas prices aren't having as much of an effect on our real estate market as compared to the past," said Bill Lanier, Real Estate Agent and Broker.

The real estate market is having a good year and they're giving a lot of credit to the stable oil prices.

XCOR’s presence at airport was a benefit to community

Midland Development Corp. board Chair Brent Hilliard was right when he called XCOR’s decision to lay off its workers in Midland and Mojave, California, “disappointing.”

It is very disappointing. There is another feeling stemming from the economic development agreement that apparently went belly up on Wednesday: This one stings.

The Passing of a Rite of Passage

Having a summer job used to be a rite of passage for teenagers. Changes in economic conditions and preferences are contributing to a decline in the numbers of young people seeking summer work. The implications for both young people and employers are significant.

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