$33.1 million BCISD bond package on ballot; Early voting continues through Nov. 1

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Members of the community joined Burnet CISD administration and Trustees at Coffee With the Superintendent Thursday, Oct. 17 at the BCISD Parent Resource Center to discuss the district's accomplishments and the upcoming bond election with Superintendent Keith McBurnett, pictured at right. McBurnett is pictured enjoying a cup of MOJO coffee before the presentation with Dr. Rachel Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and Clay Goehring, Director of Business and Finance.







By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Early voting for the proposed Nov. 5 $33.1 million Burnet Consolidated Independent School District bond issue has begun this week and continues through Friday, Nov. 1.

School administration are encouraging the community to become educated about the proposed bond package which, if approved by voters, will allow the district to perform many projects and purchase advanced equipment to enhance its students' education and development, increase safety and security, and improve efficiency throughout the district.

In May, trustees spoke with 25 members of the community to determine the most-prioritized projects needed to complete in order to meet the demands of the growing student population and the need for upgrades throughout the district.

A recent demographics report predicted significant growth for Burnet County and BCISD in the coming years as well, moving some growth projects to the top of the list, such as a two-story addition to Bertram Elementary to anticipate increasing enrollment and accommodate 700 students.

Burnet CISD trustees have voted to lower the tax rate for the past four years in a row, and this year, BCISD sits at the second lowest in the area, earning them a superior financial accountability rating.

With the passage of this bond, the 2019-2020 tax rate will remain at $1.185 and is projected to remain the same for the next year and is sufficient enough for the life of the bond.

In an effort to help the community gain a better understanding of the proposed bond and the projects it would allow the district to complete, Burnet CISD has developed a web page designed to educate the public on every aspect of the project.

To learn more about the bond, view a sample ballot, watch educational videos, submit a question, and utilize many other features on the webpage, visit bondissueinfo.com/burnetcisd.

Proposed bond projects

Thirty-one percent of the BCISD bond would be used for learning environment/technology upgrades including:

• Classroom acoustic improvements at Burnet MS;

• 1:1 technology initiative;

• New flooring at Burnet MS and RJ Richey ES;

• New ceiling grid and tiles at Quest HS;

• New painting and finishes at Burnet MS, RJ Richey ES, and Quest HS;

• Walking tracks for all Elementary Schools;

• Playground improvements at Shady Grove ES;

• Nurse's restroom at Shady Grove ES;

• Paint Burnet HS classrooms; and

• High impact furniture for 150 classrooms.

Twenty-four percent would be used for growth projects including:

• Classroom addition/renovation at Bertram ES to accommodate 700 students;

• More parking and traffic flow improvements at Bertram ES;

• Activity building and gym updates at Bertram ES; and

• Exterior lighting at Bertram ES.

Three percent would be used for transportation improvements, including nine new buses.

Seven percent would be used for safety and security features such as:

• Remote access door systems for all classrooms;

• Fire alarm system at Quest HS;

• Fencing around ES playgrounds and practice field; and

• Lightning detection system for the stadium.

Six percent would be used for roof, plumbing, mechanical, and HVAC upgrades such as:

• Roof repairs at Burnet MS, Bertram ES, and RJ Richey ES;

• Partial roof replacement at Quest HS;

• HVAC upgrades at Burnet MS, Bertram ES, and Food Services; and

• Site drainage improvements.

Eighteen percent would be used for athletics department improvements such as:

• A prefabricated pressbox (no elevator required);

• New combination weight room/baseball and girls soccer locker room; and

• Turf, new bleachers, and new track surface for the practice field.

Two percent would be used for fine arts improvements at BHS including:

• New sound and AV system; and

• New curtain, lights and light controls.

And nine percent would be used for parking, drives, and sidewalk repairs such as:

• Widen the bus lane and “S” curve bridge;

• Repair cracked sidewalks and drives throughout the District; and

• Expand stadium parking.

Where to vote:

In Burnet County, early voting will be held in two locations: The Texas AgriLife Extension auditorium, 607 N. Vandeveer, Burnet; and the Burnet County Courthouse South Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins Pkwy., Marble Falls. Early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, and Thursday, Oct. 31.

Burnet County Election Day polling locations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, and have been consolidated into just five locations. Four of those include precincts impacted by the BCISD bond issue:

• Precincts 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 11 and 17 will vote at the Texas AgriLife Extension Auditorium, Burnet.

• Precinct 9 will vote at the Highland Haven Community Center, 118 Blackbird Drive, Highland Haven.

• Precincts 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 will vote at the Bertram Library, 170 N. Gabriel, Bertram.

• Precincts 4, 6, 19 and 20 will vote at the Burnet County Courthouse South Annex, Marble Falls.

In Llano County, early voting will be held at three locations: the Llano County Library, 102 E. Haynie, Llano; the Kingsland Public Libary, 125 W. Polk, Kingsland; and Horseshoe Bay City Hall, #1 Community Drive, Horseshoe Bay.

In Llano, early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, and Monday, Oct. 28. Early voting hours in Kingsland and Horseshoe Bay will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In Llano County, Election Day polling sites are consolidated into just four locations, of which two will have ballots for BCISD: Buchanan Dam (Lakeshore Library, 7346 Ranch to Market Road 261, Precincts 204 and 205); and Kingsland (Kingsland Public Library, precincts 108, 203 and 307). Polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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