Eagle Ford Shale Oil Boom Leaves Schools With Void

CORPUS CHRISTI (August 13, 2014) Some school districts in southeast Texas say they're having staffing problems because of the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom.

School officials in Alice, Pettus, Three Rivers and Freer say they are losing qualified staff because of wage competition and housing shortages.

The oil boom in Corpus Christi has lured employees away from schools, they say.

The Alice Independent School District still has to fill 21 teaching positions before classes start in about two weeks.

Experts say drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale has also worsened existing housing shortages, especially in Alice.

A housing study conducted last year found that the city needs to add nearly 950 housing units within the next five years to address the problem.

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