Burnet Consolidated Independent School District


BCISD calls for safety help

BCISD officials call for school safety help


By Alexandria Randolph

HLN Correspondent

Burnet Consolidated ISD officials are calling for state leadership and funding for security enhancements in response to school safety measures suggested by the Texas Education Agency.

While recent school safety drills were motivated by a the school shooting tragedy at Parkland, Fl., school safety and security has always been an issue of constant vigilance for BCISD, said Superintendent Keith McBurnett.

“School safety and security has been a primary focus for Burnet CISD in the six years I have been with the district. During that time, we have continually reviewed our safety protocols and put in place a number of safety and security enhancements like secure entry ways, fencing and the addition of two school resource officers just to name a few,” McBurnett said.


Simpson named special programs coordinator


By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet Conslidated Independent School District has a new coordinator of special programs after trustees approved Bertram Elementary principal Jennifer Simpson for the position Monday, Feb. 19, during the regular school board meeting.

Superintendent Keith McBurnett said Simpson will finish out the school year at Bertram Elementary before beginning her new duties in June. She will report to Teresa Smith, director of special programs.

"Jennifer is a proven, quality leader," said McBurnett. "Her unique mix of campus administrative experience and her background as diagnostician and special education teacher make her the perfect fit for the position. I am excited for Jennifer to get the opportunity to use her talents to impact even more students in our District."


Frady remembered for building tradition at BHS

Bulletin file photo

Burnet CISD board member Robby Robertson presents the Distinguished Former Employee award to Coach Ray Frady in 2017 at the Burnet Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. Frady died Saturday, Feb. 17, at the age of 84. See his obituary here at BurnetBulletin.com: http://bit.ly/2EW7FMk



By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Former Burnet High School athletic director and longtime Camp Longhorn director Ray Frady, a member of the Burnet CISD Hall of Honor, died Saturday, Feb. 17, at the age of 84.

News of Frady's passing was announced at the end of Saturday night's Burnet Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, where Frady had been honored just one year prior with his induction into the BCISD Hall of Honor as a Distinguished Former Employee.

Frady also was a former Burnet Chamber board member for three years and was honored as the community's Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1974.

“The Burnet CISD family is mourning the loss of Coach Ray Frady,” Superintendent Keith McBurnett said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

McBurnett spoke of Frady's impact on Burnet High School while announcing the 2018 Hall of Honor class Saturday night.


School closure procedures outlined on web

It was wonderful to see snow flurries in our area just over 10 days ago. Along with the excitement of that first snowfall also come the questions of whether school is going to be delayed or closed.

Fortunately for us, schools were not impacted in our area during that first snowfall, but it is important for you to know that we were working our inclement weather plan by monitoring weather conditions and roads. To avoid any confusion, parents and community members should assume school will start as planned unless they receive notice otherwise.

Our staff begins reviewing road conditions at 3:30 a.m. with the goal of making any delay or closure decision by 5 a.m. Once a decision is made, then a comprehensive communication plan is launched on multiple platforms including web, social media, automated calls, and news outlets. An overview of the District’s Bad Weather/School Closure procedures can be found on the District’s homepage at burnetcisd.net under the District tab.


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.


Bulldog Field ready for Grad Class of 2017

A little ahead of time for graduation, the announcement came today, Friday, May 19: Symmetry Turf (contractor/turf installer) completed the installation of an e-layer shock pad and new turf field at Bulldog Field. The project finish has come  five days earlier than projected.

“We are excited to have the turf field completed and ready for the Burnet High School graduation ceremony on May 26,” said Superintendent of Schools Keith McBurnett. “We are just as excited to kick off another Bulldog football season this fall, knowing we have the highest quality shock pad and turf field as the foundation of Bulldog Field.”


Three juveniles in custody for Burnet school vandalism


Three juvenile suspects have been arrested and charged in the vandalism that caused extensive damage to the new Burnet County Texas AgriLife facility at 607 Vanderveer Street in Burnet Jan. 9 and more extensive damage in other buildings of the old Burnet Elementary School , on the Burnet High School campus and to a school bus there.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Tips from Hill Country Crime Stoppers led to the arrest of three boys in Burnet for break-ins Jan. 9 and Jan. 21 that caused at least $10,000 in damage, repair and stolen property at the old Burnet Elementary School campus where Quest High School and new Texas AgriLife Extension facilities are located and at the Burnet High School.

Burnet police were able to catch up with the three suspects on Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, after Crime Stopper Tips started coming in,” said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson, who said his department gathered evidence and located all of the stolen property that was taken during the burglaries.

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