BCISD discusses plans to improve TEA ratings

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet High School Principal Casey Burkhart is honored at the Aug. 27 BCISD board meeting for being selected as the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Region 13 Outstanding High School Principal of the Year. With this title, Burkhart is also eligible to compete for the title of Texas Principal of the Year. From left are BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett, Burkhart's wife Meredith, son Warner, and Casey Burkhart.






By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At the regular Burnet CISD Board meeting held Monday, Aug. 27, Director of Elementary Curriculum Shelley Reavis and Director of Secondary Curriculum Jim Connor presented a report on the Texas Education Agency's Accountability Rating for the school district and factors that went into the District's C grade, which was released earlier this month.

Texas school districts' accountability ratings rely on their performance in three domains. Seventy percent of the district's performance depends on its grade in the “student achievement” and “school progress” domains, and 30 percent comes from the “closing the gaps” domain.


BCISD voters overwhelmingly approve TRE

Burnet Consolidated Independent School District voters overwhelmingly approved a tax ratification election Saturday, Aug. 25, which will allow the district to refinance its debt and lower its tax rate by two pennies as well.

In final but unofficial results Saturday, 722 voters, or 90.7 percent of those casting ballots, affirmed the tax ratification, while just 74, or 9.3 percent, voted against it. The measure was essentially won before election day in early voting as 299 people voted in favor during early voting with only eight opposed.


TEA releases BCISD rating

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The Texas Education Agency's accountability ratings are in for Burnet County's two school districts and the results are a mixed bag for local educators.

Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) was awarded a grade of B overall as a district, while Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD) was given a grade of C overall.

All campuses in both districts were rated as meeting the standard in the three main criteria used by TEA, but some campuses had low scores individually which barely met the minimum standard.

Local superintendents expresses their concern that the rating issued by the state oversimplifies their mission to educate and prepare their students by boiling all they do down to a single letter grade.


Dr. Seuss Week makes reading whimsical

Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson reads “The Butter Battle Book” to Ms. Clark and Lastly's Kindergarten classes at Shady Grove Elementary on Fri., March 9. Nelson was one of many community members who volunteered to celebrate Dr. Seuss Week at Shady Grove Elementary from March 5 to March 9. “The Butter Battle Book” teaches readers that though some people are different from others, there is no reason everyone can't get along.

Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!”

Dr. Seuss' words of wisdom can be recognized from a mile away, no matter one's age or temperament. He is one of the most celebrated children's authors of all time, and BCISD Parent-Volunteer Coordinator Darlene Denton has made it a goal to spread his magic and ideals to children throughout BCISD.

Denton has gone above and beyond to teach students about Dr. Seuss and the values he continues to instill in children's minds through his colorful, whimsical stories.

In 2001, Denton took members of the BHS girls basketball team to the elementary school to read their favorite Dr. Seuss stories to the children.


Burnet CISD lowers tax rate by four cents

Monday, Aug. 21, was a busy day for the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District, and not just because it was the first day of school.

After holding a public hearing earlier in the evening, the BCISD Board of Trustees adopted the 2017-2018 budget of $28 million and a tax rate that includes a four-cent reduction in the overall tax rate from $1.32 per $100 valuation to $1.28 per $100 valuation during its regular monthly meeting.

The reduction in tax rate will take place in the interest and sinking rate, which covers interest on bond debt for facilities. The district will drop its I&S rate from 28 cents per $100 valuation to 24 cents per $100 valuation. The district's maintenance and operations rate, which covers operating costs like salaries, benefits and utility bills, will remain the same as last year at $1.04 per $100 valuation.


BCISD board appoints Williams to vacancy

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A former Burnet Consolidated Independent School District trustee will be returning to the board until the May election after he was appointed to replace trustee Jim Luther Jr. at Monday night's regular board meeting.

Charles Williams, who left the board earlier this year, was chosen in a 6-0 vote to replace Luther, who announced his resignation last month, effective Dec. 30, after he was elected the new Burnet County Precinct 1 commissioner.

Board President Andy Feild said Monday night due to the short timeframe between when the appointee is sworn in to the board and the May election, the board was only considering candidates with previous school board experience as replacements for Luther.


Join me for coffee, conversation

By Keith McBurnett/ BCISD Superintendent of Schools


I hope you will join me tomorrow morning for coffee and tea with the superintendent.  In addition to coffee and tea, I will be serving up intimate conversations and informative updates. This morning edition of a community forum will be on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 a.m. at the Parent Resource Center located next to the Central Office at 208 East Brier. Feel free to stop by, even if just to say hello, and grab a cup of coffee on your way to work. I would like to offer special thanks to MOJO Coffee for sponsoring our morning meeting.



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 www.burnetcisd.net 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.


School board sets priorities for the 2016-17 school year

From the superitendent's desk

Keith McBurnett


As we wrap up the first six weeks of school, I want to remind our community and families about the importance of students attending school on a regular basis. Student attendance is crucial to the financial health of the District, but it is even more critical to students being successful in the classroom. The simple fact is that students can’t learn if they aren’t in class. Did you know that high school students who miss school 10 days a year are three times more likely to drop out than students who miss five days? In Burnet CISD attendance counts because: students learn when they are in class, teachers have more time to teach and the District receives increased revenue. Improving student attendance is one of the most important ways our community can help schools be successful.


Subscribe to RSS - BCISD