Burnet CISD Trustees call for bond election

BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett
Special to the Bulletin •

The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call for a bond election on Nov. 5, 2019. The election is for one proposition totaling $33.1 million.

The Board of Trustees will meet again on Aug. 26 to approve a tax rate decrease of 7.5 cents for the 2019-2020 school year. This will represent the fourth year in a row the Board of Trustees has approved lowering the tax rate, and the proposed $1.185 tax rate is lower than the tax rate prior to the 2014 Bond Program.

To be proactive in addressing future student growth projections, and to maintain and enhance existing facilities, the District undertook a comprehensive facilities needs assessment beginning in March 2019.

The needs assessment was informed by the previous 2013 facilities needs assessment, walkthroughs of facilities by architects and specialized consultants, and interviews of principals and department heads.

The findings of the facilities needs assessment were presented to the Board of Trustees on May 6. During three additional meetings, the Board of Trustees reviewed cost estimates, dialogued about the proposed projects, and created a prioritized list of projects to be considered by a citizens’ committee.

The Board of Trustees then directed the Administration to form a Facilities Community Advisory Committee (FCAC) comprised of parents, community leaders, business owners, pastors, retirees, law enforcement officers and former 2014 Bond Oversight Committee members. . . .

Read more about the proposed bond issue and BCISD school board business in the Wednesday, Aug. 14 issue of the Burnet Bulletin, the newspaper of record for northern Burnet County. Email a note to lew@highlandernews.com or savanna@burnetbulletin.com. To subscribe, call 512-756-6136.

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