School closure procedures outlined on web

It was wonderful to see snow flurries in our area just over 10 days ago. Along with the excitement of that first snowfall also come the questions of whether school is going to be delayed or closed.

Fortunately for us, schools were not impacted in our area during that first snowfall, but it is important for you to know that we were working our inclement weather plan by monitoring weather conditions and roads. To avoid any confusion, parents and community members should assume school will start as planned unless they receive notice otherwise.

Our staff begins reviewing road conditions at 3:30 a.m. with the goal of making any delay or closure decision by 5 a.m. Once a decision is made, then a comprehensive communication plan is launched on multiple platforms including web, social media, automated calls, and news outlets. An overview of the District’s Bad Weather/School Closure procedures can be found on the District’s homepage at under the District tab.

It is hard to believe, but we are in the fifth year of the 21st Century ACE Grant that makes possible the ACE afterschool programs at all Burnet CISD elementary schools and the middle school.

As you will recall, Burnet CISD and Marble Falls ISD, through a consortium created between the two districts (Afterschool Centers on Education Burnet County Consortium or ACE BCC), was awarded a Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Cycle 8 grant in the amount of $8 million over 5 years, with $5 million of which has been used to fund afterschool programs at Bertram Elementary, Shady Grove Elementary, RJ Richey Elementary and Burnet Middle School.

Our program has been extremely successful, and that is not just my opinion, but rather the opinion of the Texas Education Agency. During the grant, our afterschool program has been recognized as one of the top afterschool program in Texas and our previous project director, was named the top Director in the state of Texas.

In addition, our program has produced results that demonstrate increased academic achievement, increased attendance rates and decreased discipline referrals for ACE students compared to Non-ACE student.

With the current grant wrapping up, it begs the question of what will happen to the ACE Program in the 2018-2019 school year? The good news is that the federal government has approved a Cycle 10 for continuation of the ACE Grant which will open for applications in February.

Just like we did five years ago, we are going to aggressively pursue applying for afterschool funding for the next five years. We will continue to work closely with Marble Falls ISD and are in the process of identifying a professional grant writer to assist in the writing process.

Because the grant is so competitive (approximately 250 applications were submitted for Cycle 9 with only 30 schools being awarded the grant), we are already making plans in the event we do not receive the Cycle 10 grant. We understand the importance of an afterschool program in the District and although we would not be able to maintain the current program as we have it, we want to be able to offer an afterschool program.

ACE staff members have visited other school districts and schools that have an afterschool program to see how they fund their program and what services are offered. In addition, we are currently surveying ACE families to gather data on what are the critical elements of an afterschool program (i.e. services, cost, etc.).

Once we have gathered the data, we will be able to better evaluate program requirements in the event of not receiving the grant. With that said though, because of our tremendously successful track record, we are confident that our grant application will be very competitive and strongly considered.

Finally, as a reminder, Burnet CISD will have a three-hour early release this Friday, Dec. 22, with all campuses being closed for Christmas Break Dec. 23-Jan. 8. All classes will resume a normal schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 9. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the administration I want to wish our community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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