Education and Schools

Wed
22
Jan

BCISD Trustees ponder separate bond propositions

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By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet CISD trustees were given a report on a possible May bond election at their meeting held Monday, Jan. 20 at the BCISD Central Office. The main concern among administration is the growing student population, specifically at Bertram Elementary School, which makes passing a bond crucial to meet the needs brought on by the growth.

Thu
16
Jan

Teacher takes on new role

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Contributed/Burnet High School

 

Special to the Bulletin

Burnet High School welcomes Joni Patterson as the new BHS assistant principal.

Patterson holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Texas State University. She has a heart and passion for students and can often be found tutoring students after school and on weekends.

She uses a team approach and works collaboratively with staff. . . .

Fri
27
Dec

Trustees approve change in ISD board operations

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Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At the close of the most recent Legislative Session, the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) released Policy Update 114 which requires changes be made in the Board Operating Procedures concerning the Boards interaction with the public.

At their regular meeting held Monday, Dec. 16, Burnet CISD Trustees approved the changes outlined in their Board Operating Procedures, which have been in place sine June 2012. . . .

Find the rest of this story in the Wednesday, Dec. 25 issue of the Burnet Bulletin, the newspaper of record for northern Burnet County. Email a note to lew@highlandernews.com. To subscribe, 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.

 

 

Wed
11
Dec

Choir revamp bringing back 'voice of Dawgs'

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Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
BHS Choir Director Caleb Blakeney leads his first-year choir students in vocalization exercises at the beginning of their class each morning. Participating in choir, students have the opportunity to learn to read and sing different melodies while building other developmental skills.

 

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The halls of Burnet High School and Middle School are once again filled with song after the choir program returned this school year. Director Caleb Blakeney and his first-year choir students have made headway in utilizing an array of skills learned in the class to gain a better understanding of music, develop their own sound, and share it with their peers and community.

Blakeney, who graduated from BHS in 2009, participated in the choir and band and has returned to share the joy of music with his students.

“It is exciting to be bringing the voice of the Bulldogs back,” Blakeney said. “The band has its own sound, but there is something about the voice and words that brings a different message. . . ."

Wed
20
Nov

BMS target of district's STAAR plan

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Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Quest High School student Isabella Marin was recognized by QHS Principal Dr. Doug Marvin as the QHS November Student of the Month at the Nov. 18 Burnet CISD Board meeting.

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

During their regular meeting held Monday, Nov. 18, Burnet CISD trustees approved a targeted improvement plan for Burnet Middle School after BMS received a “Comprehensive Support” status due to low STAAR scores; the campus is monitored by the Texas Education Agency under the 2019 Accountability System with this status.

Campus leadership and District administration performed a needs assessment for the campus and have planned to take action to bring up academic performance at BMS and improve its STAAR performance and academic achievement as a whole.

Actions outlined in the improvement plan include developing campus instructional leaders with clear roles, utilizing objective-driven lesson plans with formative assessments, and using data-driven instruction.

Wed
20
Nov

BCISD perusing voter opinions on failed bond

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Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet CISD trustees are in the process of studying the results of the failed 2019 bond election through surveys recently sent out to voters following the results of the Tuesday, Nov. 5 election day.

At a workshop held Monday, Nov. 19, trustees discussed information they have received through 165 responses received so far out of approximately 2,570 surveys distributed to BCISD citizens.

As of the Monday workshop, reasons for votes against the bond included concerns of the passage of a bond raising taxes; the amount of funds directed towards projects in the athletics department; concerns that the District was not being truthful about the direction of funds or were not using funds appropriately; the opinion that the district should live within its means; and many said they had no knowledge of the bond.

Thu
14
Nov

Voters reject $33.1 million Burnet CISD bond

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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.

Wed
06
Nov

Thompson delivers powerful Red Ribbon speech

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Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Marble Falls native Donald Wayne Thompson shared his tumultuous story of drug addiction and recovery with Burnet High School students at the close of Red Ribbon Week on Friday, Nov. 1, sharing the results of his bad choices and encouraging students to refrain from trying drugs, as he did when he was high school sophomore.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet High School students learned the heartbreaking truths of drug addiction at a special presentation by Marble Falls native Donald Wayne Thompson, who recently gained the strength to overcome a controlling drug addiction, but not before a lifetime of heartache and unhappy twists and turns.

“In early high school I made a decision that would tear my life apart for the next 20-plus years,” Thompson said. “Every dream, hope, aspiration I had that I wanted to be, the things I loved in my life, it tore them away from me when I started my addiction. Family friends, all of it I threw away.”

Raised by a single father, Thompson grew up on small town values and drugs were never a part of his life. He was an A-B student and was involved in football and track, and had aspirations to make it to the professional rodeo scene.

Wed
23
Oct

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

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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.

Wed
09
Oct

BCISD leads Central Texas in compensation, benefits; report details salaries, turnover, workplace quality

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By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Ahead of large area school districts such as Georgetown and Liberty Hill ISD, Burnet CISD was able to offer its staff the highest starting salary and best benefits package in Central Texas for the 2019-2020 school year.

“The Board and Administration are very excited that Burnet CISD leads the Hill Country in compensation and benefits for our staff,” said Superintendent Keith McBurnett. “Being a leader in these two areas did not happen by accident, but rather it is a product of purposeful planning, and setting priorities during the budget development process. The Board set the vision, and charged the Administration to make it happen.”

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