Burnet Consolidated Independent School District


BCISD announces two-week closure for COVID-19 prevention

Keith McBurnett
Superintendent Burnet CISD
Special to the Burnet Bulletin

As you know, a number of public school districts in central Texas have announced two-week closures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In Burnet CISD, students are scheduled to return from Spring Break on Monday, March 23. However, we are aware that many have traveled within and outside of the United States on vacation, including to areas with known COVID-19 community spread.


Burnet band meeting set to discuss canceled trip to Disney World

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Burnet High School Espirit de Corps members and their parents will find out March 26 what will become of their canceled trip to Disney World in Orlando. The amusement park was closed over fears about the transmission of the coronavirus.





By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Parents of Burnet High School Esprit de Corps (EDC) band members have been invited to a 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, meeting at the high school to discuss alternate plans for the band's canceled Spring Break trip to Disney World in Orlando to take part in the Disney Performance Arts Workshop.

“We have set that date (for a meeting) after our Spring Break so we hopefully can have as many answers for parents as possible,” Burnet High School Principal Casey Burkhart told the Bulletin on Friday, March 13. “We did not want to have a meeting and not have any answers for the parents and students.” …


Burnet CISD Trustees call for bond election

BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett
Special to the Bulletin •

The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call for a bond election on Nov. 5, 2019. The election is for one proposition totaling $33.1 million.

The Board of Trustees will meet again on Aug. 26 to approve a tax rate decrease of 7.5 cents for the 2019-2020 school year. This will represent the fourth year in a row the Board of Trustees has approved lowering the tax rate, and the proposed $1.185 tax rate is lower than the tax rate prior to the 2014 Bond Program.


Burnet CISD trustees propose lower tax rate

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Burnet Bulletin staff writer Savanna Gregg, right, was named to the Texas Association of School Boards media honor roll by the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District. Superintendent Keith McBurnett, left, presented a certificate to Gregg Monday, July 22.





By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At their regularly scheduled meeting Monday, July 22, Burnet CISD Trustees proposed a new tax rate for the 2019-2020 school year for maintenance and operations and debt service.

The proposed tax rate will lower the maintenance and operations rate from $1.06 to $0.99, and the interest and sinking (debt services) rate from $0.20 to $0.195, for a total rate of $1.185 compared to last year’s $1.26 tax rate.

If passed, this will be the fourth year in a row that the District has reduced the tax rate for the upcoming school year, according to Superintendent Keith McBurnett.

This proposed rate will be discussed at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on August 26 at the Burnet CISD Central Office, 208 East Brier.


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

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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.”


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