Education and Schools

Wed
20
Nov

BMS target of district's STAAR plan

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

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

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

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

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.

Wed
09
Oct

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

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.”

Wed
02
Oct

Room to spare

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin

 

Ryker and Molly Cupitt of Burnet took a closer look at space shuttle tire which was among the artifacts at the Space Expo. Hundreds of school-aged children took tours during the event from Sept. 26-28 at the Marble Falls Boys and Girls Club.

Wed
25
Sep

BCISD sets bond election meetings

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet CISD will host various informational meetings regarding the upcoming 2019 $33.1 million bond election, open to the community, to offer statistics and detail plans for the district contingent upon the bond's approval.

The district has implemented their website to provide critical information for the community to learn more about the projects it plans to complete with the funds, which will update learning environments for students, increase safety and security, and improve the district's operational efficiency.

Upcoming 2019 bond informational meetings will take place:

• Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Bond Presentation, Central Office Board Room, 208 E. Brier, Burnet.

• Friday, Oct. 4, at 8 a.m. at Coffee with the Superintendent, Bertram Elementary School Library, 315 Main St., Bertram.

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.

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