Education and Schools

Wed
18
Sep

Burnet CISD population growth noted

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett awarded Quest High School students Leesa Keese and Parker Fisher certificates for leading the room in the Pledges of Allegiance at the opening of the Sept. 16 BCISD Board meeting. During the meeting, Trustees heard details from an interesting demographics report concerning growth throughout the district.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Communities consistently see growth among their residents and, in turn, their school districts, and the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District area is no exception.

During the Monday, Sept. 16 Burnet CISD board meeting, trustees heard a demographics report from Brent Alexander with School District Strategies (SDS) which outlined the growth seen over the years throughout the campuses in the district, and predicted growth for the next ten years.

As part of the proposed 2019 bond, a few planned projects were imagined to anticipate this growth and meet it head on, such as classroom additions to the Bertram Elementary campus, increasing its capacity to 700 students, and the expansion of the drive-through and parking lot at Shady Grove Elementary, allowing for more vehicles and easier flow.

Wed
24
Jul

Burnet CISD trustees propose lower tax rate

Frank Shubert/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet Bulletin staff writer Savanna Gregg, right, was named to the Texas Association of School Boards media honor roll by the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District. Superintendent Keith McBurnett, left, presented a certificate to Gregg Monday, July 22.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At their regularly scheduled meeting Monday, July 22, Burnet CISD Trustees proposed a new tax rate for the 2019-2020 school year for maintenance and operations and debt service.

The proposed tax rate will lower the maintenance and operations rate from $1.06 to $0.99, and the interest and sinking (debt services) rate from $0.20 to $0.195, for a total rate of $1.185 compared to last year’s $1.26 tax rate.

If passed, this will be the fourth year in a row that the District has reduced the tax rate for the upcoming school year, according to Superintendent Keith McBurnett.

This proposed rate will be discussed at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on August 26 at the Burnet CISD Central Office, 208 East Brier.

Thu
27
Jun

BMS welcomes LeJeune as new Principal

An Important Announcement from Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett:

Burnet CISD is proud to welcome Jeremy LeJeune as the principal of Burnet Middle School. LeJeune comes to Burnet CISD from Pflugerville ISD, where he served as principal of Dessau Middle School the past 4 years. Dessau Middle School is an AVID National Demonstration School, and that honor is earned by less than 2 percent of schools with AVID programs. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Principal at Pflugerville High School for six years. LeJeune was named the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Region 13 Middle School Principal of the Year during the 2018-2019 school year. He was previously named the TASSP Region 13 Assistant Principal of the Year.

Wed
19
Jun

BCISD Trustees approve hiring new band directors

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Two new band directors will make their home at Burnet CISD this coming school year. On Monday, June 17, the Burnet CISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Nick Stephenson as the Head Band Director for the Burnet High School Band.
Stephenson comes from Panhandle ISD, where he was the Head Director of the sixth-place 2017 UIL State Marching band. Last year, his band finished 12th at the State Marching contest, and was a UIL Sweepstakes Band for the past two years.

Stephenson's knowledge and experience will bring him to Burnet to replace former head Band Director Jason Jones, who accepted a position at San Angelo ISD as the Band Director for the 6A Central High School.

Wed
19
Jun

BCISD approves raises for all employees

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet CISD educators and staff will receive well-deserved raises for the 2019-2020 school year, after a few changes were approved during the regular Burnet CISD Board meeting held Monday, June 17.

BCISD teachers and librarians will receive a seven percent midpoint general pay increase, and other staff members will receive a five percent midpoint general pay increase. New-teacher salary will rise from $44,500 to $48,100 for the coming school year.

“We are thrilled to provide this level of compensation to staff, and these pay raises would not have been possible without the passage of HB 3 and outstanding planning on behalf of the Board of Trustees and Administration,” said Superintendent Keith McBurnett in a press release issued after the meeting.

Thu
30
May

Quest High School graduation

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Quest High School graduate Trey Gilleland closes out the 2019 QHS graduation ceremonies with a cover of “Music Man” by Mo Pitney as his administrators and teachers watch proudly. Gilleland decided to take courses at QHS in order to graduate early and follow his dream of a being a country music singer. For more photos of the QHS Graduation ceremonies, grab a copy of the May 29 Burnet Bulletin.

Thu
30
May

School finance bill awaits Gov's signature

From staff reports

The Texas House and Senate approved legislation Sat. May 25 ushering in teacher pay raises and property tax cuts. HB 3 was passed just days prior to the end of the 86th Texas Legislative Session Monday, May 27 in Austin.

The passage of HB 3 by both the Texas House and Senate followed a related property tax reform bill, SB 2 (See story, Page 1A), which passed just days earlier.

The measure would involve more than $6.5 billion in funding to improve public education and teacher pay. Another $5.1 billion would lower school district taxes overall.

With Gov. Greg Abbott's signature, the law would lower tax rates by an average of 8 cents per $100 valuation in 2020 and 13 cents per $100 valuation in 2021. The tax cut of $200 for

Wed
08
May

UnderDAWGS bring culinary craft to cook off

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Burnet High School UnderDAWGS members Caden Hart (left) and Brandon Schwausch saturate their brisket slices to give judges the perfect juicy bite at the State of Texas High School BBQ Cook Off Saturday, May 4 at BHS. The UnderDAWGS placed 11th overall with fifth place dessert, ninth place beans, 11th place chicken, and sixth place brisket.

Wed
08
May

Quest for 'Que brings smoke to BHS

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Quest High School Quest for 'Que teammates Tanner Baker (left) and Parker Fisher work together to ensure the best cuts of brisket are offered for judges at turn-in during the State of Texas High School BBQ Cook Off held Saturday, May 4 at Burnet High School. The team went on to place 7th in the ribs category and made the final table in chicken.

Wed
08
May

Right on 'cue!

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Burnet FFA member Jordan Erickson examines her team's ribs with the assistance of teammate Justin Buchanan before turn-in at the State of Texas High School BBQ Cook-Off Saturday, May 4 at Burnet High School. The team ended the day with first place chicken, eighth place dessert, and 13th place brisket, going home in eight place overall.

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