Simpson named special programs coordinator


By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet Conslidated Independent School District has a new coordinator of special programs after trustees approved Bertram Elementary principal Jennifer Simpson for the position Monday, Feb. 19, during the regular school board meeting.

Superintendent Keith McBurnett said Simpson will finish out the school year at Bertram Elementary before beginning her new duties in June. She will report to Teresa Smith, director of special programs.

"Jennifer is a proven, quality leader," said McBurnett. "Her unique mix of campus administrative experience and her background as diagnostician and special education teacher make her the perfect fit for the position. I am excited for Jennifer to get the opportunity to use her talents to impact even more students in our District."

McBurnett said the district will begin the process to identify a new principal at Bertram Elementary with the goal of hiring a candidate this spring.

In other news, because creative minds flourish in stimulating environments, BCISD is continuously finding ways to cater to children's imaginative spirit, and this past year, they found a unique way to achieve this.

Elementary Curriculum Director Shelley Reavis updated the board on the progress of the new classrooms.

Last year, BCISD implemented the “Inspired Classrooms” program, in which 19 classrooms and one common area were updated with creative furniture that inspires students to learn in various fashions. The classrooms have desks that give students the option to stand or sit while learning, and may be moved around if the student chooses.

Students are also able to use tables that they may break down to change up the look of the classroom to better stimulate their minds and enhance their learning experience.

“The excitement has not diminished,” Reavis said. “It has opened up a new world for teachers and students.”

Students are allowed to figure out the set-up for the classroom whenever it is time to mix it up, and teachers are saying they themselves are learning more than they would have had they been in charge of the set-up.

Ryan Schmidt of One Desire Church in Bertram offered the invocation and Burnet High School student Hilton Warwick led the room in the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the meeting.

The Burnet High School Social Studies department chair Clint Mulhollan recognized BHS February Students of the Month Meghan Hoefling and Cody Cline.

Director of Business and Finance Clay Goehring presented the financial reports, the report on revenue projections, and the report on Auditor RFQ to the Board.

Reavis reported on the mid-year district and campus improvement plans review, and Superintendent Keith McBurnett updated the room on the board of trustees elections. Places 2, 4, and 6, held by Angela Moore, Jeff Hullum, and Robby Robertson are unopposed.

Early voting is from Monday, April 23, to Tuesday, May 1. Election Day will take place on Saturday, May 5.

On other items at the Feb. 19 meeting, the board approved all items on the consent agenda and business items list as well as the school year calendar for 2018-19.

Editorial Note

The Burnet Bulletin on Feb. 21 incorrectly stated Jennifer Simpson would be taking over for Teresa Smith at Burnet Consolidated ISD.  Smith remains director of special programs at BCISD, while Simpson will be the coordinator of special programs, which will report to Smith. The position of coordinator of special programs was approved last August, but because of the timing of approval, had gone unfilled until now.

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