Burnet CISD

Wed
11
Dec

Choir revamp bringing back 'voice of Dawgs'

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

Bond election outcome does not stop need

As you know, the 2019 Bond Proposal was not approved by voters on November 5th. As I shared on election night, we are committed to studying the results of the election, listening to our stakeholders, and bringing forward in the future a revised bond proposition based on the feedback we receive. We are in the process of publishing a short survey we hope voters will use to provide the District feedback about the failed school bond proposal.  

With that said, the needs identified in the 2019 Bond still exist. For example, Bertram Elementary has 45 more students today than projected through our demographic study. That means that Bertram Elementary is on-track to exceed its capacity even sooner than the original target of 2025.  The District’s operating budget cannot accommodate the cost of adding a new classroom wing at Bertram Elementary to increase its capacity. 

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.

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

4-H, BCISD host distracted driving program

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

In an effort to spread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, the Burnet County 4-H Program and Burnet CISD have collaborated with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to bring the community a “Talk/Text Crash” presentation Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Burnet CISD Board room.

During the program, guests will have the opportunity to view a program by the Passenger Safety Project, who will use Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's Distracted Driving Simulator, to give individuals a firsthand experience of the dangers of texting and driving.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, in 2018, one in five crashes were caused by distracted driving, and distraction was a major factor in 59% of crashes involving teenagers. 398 people were killed in distracted driving accidents last year, and approximately 3,000 were seriously injured.

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.”

Fri
20
Sep

Rotary hosts scholarship night

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Members of the community excitedly celebrated the reaching of a goal of $1 million of funds raised by the past seven Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraisers in the middle of the live auction at the event's Grand Finale on Saturday, Sept. 15. This year, the torch has been passed to the Rotary Club of Burnet to continue the annual fundraisers geared toward raising funds for graduating Burnet CISD seniors. The first Rotary Scholarship Night will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at Hidden River Ranch, Lampasas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

After the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser's Grand Finale last September, the torch was passed along to the Rotary Club of Burnet to continue the legacy of raising funds for Burnet CISD graduates.

Rotary Scholarship Night, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, will be full of delicious food, live music, fun and fellowship in support of the Hill Country Community Foundation, instilling the philanthropic values of selfless members of the community and supporting that community's students.

Wed
18
Sep

City, County, BCISD fight hunger

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

City of Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley issued a proclamation declaring September as Burnet County Hunger Awareness Month at the regular City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Bromley was joined by LACare Director Lottie McCorkle (left) and Burnet County Hunger Alliance member Shauna Thrane at the meeting, who shared statistics regarding hunger in the Burnet County area and invited Council and citizens to do their part in combating it.

In 2018, LACare served 2,376 families, 6,958 individuals, and 139 new families in need of assistance in the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District – an approximately 750-square-mile region reaching from Tow to Briggs. Just last month, LACare helped 338 families (including 29 new families), consisting of 989 individuals.

“Our numbers are increasing big time, and our food bills go up,” said McCorkle. “We are fortunate that our community does help, but our numbers are going up.

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