Voters reject $33.1 million Burnet CISD bond

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

With 1,287 votes for and 1,438 against, the $33.1 million bond proposed to the community by Burnet CISD Trustees failed after election day came to a close Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Trustees presented the bond to the district earlier in the year and highlighted the many projects the bond would cover, including a multitude of facilities improvements like roof repairs at Burnet Middle School, Bertram Elementary School, and RJ Richey Elementary School, as well as campus additions designed to accommodate the growing student population, such as a two-story addition to Bertram Elementary School in anticipation of an increase in enrollment to 700 students in the coming years.

“The needs identified in the 2019 Bond still exist,” said Superintendent Keith McBurnett. “For example, Bertram Elementary has 45 more students today than projected through our demographic study. That means that Bertram is on track to exceed its capacity even sooner than the original target of 2025.”

Other necessary purchases, included in the 2019 Bond, were nine new buses in order to maintain the District's transportation services and HVAC upgrades at BMS, Bertram Elementary School, and the food services building.

“The District puts over 600,000 miles on buses every year,” McBurnett said. “Buses need to be replaced in order to maintain the District's 20-year fleet plan.

“HVAC units not replaced in the 2014 Bond are now five years older, and reaching end of life,” McBurnett added.

Other projects proposed in the 2019 Bond were learning environment improvements such as new flooring, painting, and ceilings at various campuses; playground improvements and a nurse's restroom at Shady Grove Elementary; walking tracks for all elementary schools; high-impact furniture for 150 classrooms; and more. . .

Read the rest of the story in the Wednesday, Nov. 13 issue of the Burnet Bulletin, the newspaper of record for Burnet County. To offer a comment or news tip, email lew@highlandernews.com. To subscribe to the newspaper, call 512-756-6136 or click the "E-Edition" like at the top right-hand corner of the page to subscribe to our online edition.
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