Burnet CISD

Wed
28
Nov

Smokin' the competition! Burnet CISD brings home culinary gold

Contributed/Chef Mike Erickson, BCISD
Left: The Burnet UnderDAWGs brought home the gold medal at the State of Texas High School BBQ Championship regional qualifier at Bell County Expo Center in Belton and will advance to the state championship, to be held at Burnet High School next year. Team members, from left, include Martin Palacios, reserve champion chicken; Eric Ramirez, first place dessert; Sativa Yarbrough, fourth place ribs; Brandon Schwausch, first place beans; Caden Hart, fourth place brisket.
Right: Caden Hart of the Burnet BBQ UnderDAWGs prepares a raw brisket for competition at the State of Texas High School BBQ Championship regional qualifier at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. Hart won fourth place in brisket to help the UnderDAWGs take first place overall team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

The Burnet High School BBQ UnderDAWGS culinary team came home grand champions after they smoked the competition in the State of Texas High School BBQ Championship Regional Qualifier in Belton on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The UnderDAWGS came out on top of six other high school teams, including students from Pflugerville ISD, Austin ISD, Leander ISD, and Goldthwaite ISD.

Each crew member took home an $8,000 scholarship to the Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and together, the team will advance to the State of Texas BBQ Championship, which is scheduled for May 3-4, 2019, at Burnet High School.

In addition to the competition, students had the chance to expand their cookout skills with a BBQ educational symposium, learning the basics from experts and mentors.

Fri
16
Nov

BCISD approves alternative path for graduation

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett presents RJ Richey Elementary School students Hannah Brooks, Rylan Dowd, and Aaron Butter with certificates for their leading the room in the Pledges of Allegiance at the beginning of the Nov. 12 Board meeting. RJ Richey Elementary Principal BJ Gates (right) introduced the students to the Board, who were chosen to lead the room in the Pledges because of their accomplishments in the American Reading Company program.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Students who graduated from Burnet High School but did not meet academic standards in order to receive a diploma may get a second chance to acquire their diploma as Burnet CISD trustees approved a resolution for alternative graduation requirements at the Nov. 12 Board meeting.

Students who entered the ninth grade before the 2011-12 school year and met all requirements for the year they were in that grade but fell short in the assessments required to receive a diploma may be eligible to graduate if they meet these alternative requirements.

Eligible students must show competence in subject areas related to assessments with which they originally struggled through one or more of the following factors, according to the resolution:

Wed
19
Sep

New SRO welcomed

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet CISD Board of Trustees welcomes new School Resource Officers to the district at the Sept. 17 board meeting. As safety is a priority at Burnet CISD, the addition of these SRO's further ensures that possible incidents on Burnet CISD property may be efficiently stopped or prevented and students, educators, and administrators may remain safe on each campus. Front row from left are BCISD trustee Mark Kincaid, president Andy Feild, trustee Robby Robertson, trustee Suzanne Brown and secretary Earl Foster. Back row, are Bertram Police Chief JJ Wilson, Officers Walton Cotton, Christine Cummings, Brandon Bertelson, Courtney Raney, Jeff Morris, and BCISD superintendent Keith McBurnett.

Wed
18
Jul

BCISD board sets tax ratification election

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

At their regular monthly meeting held on Wednesday, July 11, the Burnet CISD Board of Trustees approved the order of a Tax Ratification Election for Saturday, Aug. 25, which, if approved, will lower BCISD's tax rate from $1.28 to $1.26 and provide the district with additional operating revenue that will be used for the better of BCISD.

The Board held a public meeting open to the community prior to the meeting, though no comments were received from the public.

“Burnet CISD is in the middle of a critical transition financially,” said director of business and finance Clay Goehring. “Beginning the next school year, the district will begin making recapture payments to the state. This is a major change for the district.”

Fri
14
Jul

Gilmore named new BCISD director of human resources

 

Michele Gilmore

 

Michele Gilmore has been named the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District's new director of human resources.

Gimore will take over July 31 for Contessa Huffman, who is leaving the district after five years to take the position of executive director of human resources at Leander ISD.

“We are excited to have someone with Michele's experience joining our team,” said superintendent Keith McBurnett. “Michele is a proven leader who will focus on continuous improvement for the human resources department and the district.

“Contessa developed many of the human resource systems and processes that we will use for years to come. We are a better district today because of Contessa’s contributions and we wish her well in her transition to Leander ISD.” 

Gilmore has more than 10 years experience in human resources for Killeen ISD. Prior to working in human resources, Gilmore was a teacher, campus instructional specialist and assistant principal.

Thu
19
Jan

Burnet CISD wants state to repeal 'A-F'

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District joined more than 200 other Texas school districts Monday night when the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution calling for the repeal of the new A-F school rating system that goes into effect next year.

BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett asked the board to consider the resolution after the Texas Education Agency released its preliminary scores for school districts late last month. The A-F system does not become official until August 2018, but the TEA was required to report on the current progress of school districts using the criteria of the newly established rating system and data culled from the most recent academic testing by the schools.

Wed
17
Aug

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.”

Wed
20
Jul

School Registration starts Aug. 1

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

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.

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