Education and Schools


Vandals break into new AgriLife building

Vandals broke into the former Burnet Elementary cafeteria and another building this weekend, causing a great deal of damage to property being refurbished by the county for use by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Burnet County Judge James Oakley said workers arriving early Monday, Jan. 9, to the building discovered the damage, which included paint intentionally splattered on the floor, on signs, on walls, on windows, on the stage and on aluminum siding.
In addition, it appears the vandals also may have struck another building on the campus that is being used for storage by the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District. A broken window was discovered Saturday and reported to police, who had no reason to believe any other buildings were involved until damage was found Monday morning.


Sip with the Super, or apply for a position

The next Coffee and Tea with the Superintendent will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 a.m.

Community members and parents are welcome to join Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett for pastries, intimate conversation and informative updates at the Parent Resource Center at 202 E Brier Street, where they can share questions and suggestions about the district.

Visit for more information.

To get more directly involved with BCISD, apply for a position with the district. District officials are seeking an elementary teacher for Shady Grove Elementary, a Licensed Vocational Nurse for Burnet Middle School, an Instructional Partner for Life Skills at Burnet High School, a part-time lunch room monitor at Shady Grove Elementary, and school bus drivers and trainees.


TEA announces accountability ratings for BCISD for 2016

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released 2016 campus and district ratings as part of the state accountability system, including those for the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD).

Campuses and districts can be rated as Met Standard or Improvement Required and the district as a whole rated as Met Standard, as well as Shady Grove and RJ Richey Elementary Schools, Burnet Middle School and Burnet High School, where a special exception was noted.

The only local campus receiving that lesser rating was Quest Alternative High School, which needs to meet two more of the four index targets—student achievement and closing performance gaps.

Burnet High School received the rating of Met Standard with a TEA caveat, as “the result of special processing of results affected by online testing issues that occurred in spring 2016.”


Burkhart takes reigns as BHS Principal



Casey Burkhart is no stranger to the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD) after he has served as Assistant Principal at Burnet High School since 2012.

“I grew up coming to Lake Buchanan and always pictured myself as becoming part of the community here,” said Burkhart.

Burkhart who grew up in Taylor, Texas, graduated from Thrall High School, which is a rural community like Burnet, just outside of Taylor.

In his early years, Burkhart blossomed in the Taylor community with his two sisters Kristi and Emma, as well as his parents Mark and Devvie.

Burkhart then spent his middle school and high school years with his dad and stepmother Susan after his father remarried following his divorce from Devvie.

“I get a lot of my attributions from my mom as well as my dad and Susan,” said Burkhart.


Burnet Middle School Supply List

Burnet Middle School Supply List

(Note: Individual teachers may request additional supplies)


6th Grade


1- 3 inch 3 ring binder

1- 24 count #2 pencil

1- Package red pens

1-Package black pens

1- Dividers (8 subjects)

1- Map pencils

1- Crayola markers

1- Notebook paper

3- Composition books or spirals (Math, English, Science)

1- Scissors

1- Glue

1- Ruler


(Bring for Classroom)



Clorox Wipes


7th Grade
1- 3 inch 3 ring binder

1- 24 count #2 pencil

1- Package red pens

1-Package black pens

1- Dividers for binder

1- Map pencils

1- Wide Crayola markers

1- Notebook paper

5- One subject wide ruled spiral

1- Pencil pouch for binder

4- Highlighters

1- Scissors


Burnet All Elementary Campuses School Supply List

Burnet CISD All Elementary Campuses



2- 8 count washable Crayola primary markers

1- Fiskar scissors (blunt metal edges)

2- 24 count Crayola crayons

1- 8 count primary Prang watercolors

8- Glue sticks

1- 4 oz. bottle Elmer’s Glue (not blue gel)

1- Towel or blanket

2- Boxes of Kleenex

1- 4 pack of Play Doh

1- Package baby wipes

1- Package 12x18 Manila paper

1- Box Gallon size Ziploc Bags (Boys Only)

1- Package big white paper plates (Boys Only)

1- Box of Quart or Sandwich bags (Girls Only)

1-Package small white paper plates (Girls Only)

1-Large backpack (NO Wheels)



1-Fiskar scissors (blunt metal edges)

3-Packages 24 count crayons

2- 8 count washable markers (basic colors)

1- 8 count Prang watercolors


School Registration starts Aug. 1



With Burnet school summer ending, stores are gearing up with school supplies to start the 2016-17 school year and the schools are getting ready for their registration days.

All NEW student registration for Burnet High School, Quest High School Burnet Middle School, RJ Richey Elementary, Shady Grove Elementary and Bertram Elementary will be conducted on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

New students of these campuses have a second opportunity to register on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16 from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Parents of any new students to these campuses MUST contact 512-715-5413 or 512-715-5415 in order to make an appointment during these times.

Burnet High School registration dates for returning students will be Aug. 11 from noon- 7 p.m. and Aug. 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the High School Library.


Library expands children’s services

Herman Brown Free Library has expanded its children’s services to include new technology aimed at literacy for its youngest patrons.

The library now offers in-house check out of tablets with the award-winning online software ABCmouse. The high-quality software is aimed at children, ages 1-7.  It is a comprehensive and fun early learning website covering reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, art and music. The site is child-safe, with no advertising or links to other websites. Best of all, children love it.

“The ABCmouse software ties nicely into another successful early literacy program we began last year, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten,” said Rebecca Noah, youth services librarian. “1000 Books Before Kindergarten promotes reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and encourages parent and child bonding through the reading goal of 1,000 books before a child enrolls in school.”


BCISD plans teacher pay raise


Teachers and staff members will enjoy more than just reconnecting with their students when they return to the classrooms for the 2016-2017 school year.

That's because, as discussed in a June 2015 budgeting session, they will be due a pay increase coinciding with the start of the fall semester, so long as the proposed measure nets final approval from the BCISD Board of Trustees next Monday, March 28.

“Because the Legislature approves the state budget for two years, we were able during our budget workshops last year to provide a preview to the board of compensation plans for the 2016-17 school year,” said Keith McBurnett, BCISD Superintendent.

During their budgeting workshop on Monday, March 7, school board members announced that they had achieved a balanced budget, which included pay raises for the third time since Superintendent McBurnett took office.


Blizzard leaves in July

by Alexandria Randolph

A Burnet CISD school administrator confirmed Thursday that he will be leaving the district to take another position.
Director of Maintenance and Facilities Jerry Blizzard, who took his position with Burnet CISD in August 2012, said he will be leaving the district to work in Weatherford ISD.
“I have taken a new position with Weatherford ISD as the Executive Director of Facilities and will be leaving Burnet CISD at the end of July,” Blizzard said in an email Thursday morning. “This is a good opportunity for me and the move will put us closer to our family.”
Blizzard has a back ground in private energy consulting.

For more on the story, see Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.


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