Superintendent's letter addresses BCISD successes, changes

Dear Parents, Staff and Students,

Spirit, Pride and Honor means a lot of things, including being the very best at everything we do in Burnet CISD. Last year, Burnet CISD earned five state championships in UIL Social Studies, UIL Current Issues and Events, FFA Wildlife, FFA Forage and 110 Meter Hurdles. This year, the Esprit de Corps made it to the UIL State Marching Competition placing 18th out of 165 4A bands across the state, and on Saturday 24 band members earned a seat with the All Region Band. The Board of Trustees and administration is committed to continuous improvement in academics and extracurricular offerings. With that goal in mind, the administration is making several staffing adjustments for the 2019-2020 school year in the areas of curriculum, instruction and athletics.

The District will be reducing two senior leadership positions in Curriculum and Instruction and replacing them with one Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, the District will be adding an Elementary Curriculum Coordinator to support elementary campuses and a Secondary Curriculum Coordinator to support secondary campuses, especially in the areas of curriculum revision, instructional resource adoption, professional development and formative assessments. To provide direct support to classroom teachers on a daily basis, the District is also adding an Elementary Instructional Coach and a Secondary Instructional Coach. This newly configured Department of Curriculum and Instruction is designed to support campus staff in continuing to improve teaching and learning and the District’s achievement as measured by the state accountability system. The District is currently interviewing candidates for the Assistant Superintendent position, and the candidate is expected to be in place in the spring of 2019. All other Curriculum and Instruction staff changes will go into effect in August 2019. 

Burnet CISD has set a goal of winning the Lone Star Cup (awarded annually by UIL to six high schools, one in each of the six UIL classifications 1A-6A, based on their team performance in district and state championships). To that end, after studying other successful athletic programs, the District will be splitting the current Athletic Director/Head Football Coach position into two separate positions. This will allow the Athletic Director to have sole focus on the District’s overall athletic program and the Head Football Coach to have sole focus on the football program. I believe separating the Athletic Director/Head Football Coach into two positions (which is the standard today in 5A and 6A athletic programs) is a trend that we will see going forward in 4A athletic programs, and with this move, Burnet CISD will be ahead of that trend. 

Under this plan, Kurt Jones, who has served as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach since 2012, will remain in his role as Athletic Director, and Rick Gates will continue to serve as Girls Athletic Coordinator.  Jones has 23 years of experience in education, including 18 with Burnet CISD. In his 7 years as Athletic Director, the Burnet Athletic Program has advanced every team sport to the playoffs, experiencing postseason success in Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Softball, Girls Soccer, and Football. In addition, both the Girls Cross Country Team and the Girls Golf Team have advanced to the State Meet/Tournament in that time. Along with his duties of supporting and coordinating all of the District’s athletic programs, Jones will also coordinate school safety and emergency planning, cheerleading, physical education, stadium management, rentals of athletic fields and facilities, and the School Health Advisory Council for Burnet CISD. The Athletic Director’s office will be located at Burnet High School beginning in the spring of 2019.  

Jerod Rye, current Burnet Bulldogs Offensive Coordinator, has been named the Head Football Coach of the Burnet Bulldogs and will be responsible for coordinating and leading the football staff, athletes and budget. In Rye’s 20 years of experience in education he has been a part of three football state championship games and has held several coaching assignments including: Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator, Quarterback Coach and Receivers Coach. Rye has also previously served as a Middle School Athletic Coordinator and understands that the foundation of a varsity football program is built beginning in middle school. In addition to two different coaching stints at Burnet High School under three different head coaches, Rye also coached at 6A Midlothian High School where as Quarterback Coach he coached former Baylor QB and current Miami Dolphin Bryce Petty. Rye believes that athletics is a great avenue in the educational process to teach life lessons to student-athletes, and that if we focus on making our kids better people and students first, we will see the results that we all desire on the athletic fields. Coach Rye will assume his responsibilities in January 2019.

This investment of significant resources in the area of curriculum, instruction and athletics and the District’s historical strong financial support of the fine arts program are all indicators of our desire to be the very best in everything we do by providing unprecedented levels of support for our staff and students to achieve at the highest levels possible.

As we wrap up the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. As a reminder, Christmas Break is scheduled for December 22 - January 7 with students reporting back to school on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.



Keith McBurnett

BCISD Superintendent of Schools

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