Burnet High School


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.



Former Texas Ranger Ramiro "Ray" Martinez




Former Texas Ranger Ramiro “Ray” Martinez will be the featured speaker for the local chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) at their first meeting of the year at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, September 9, at the Burnet High School cafeteria.The public is invited to attend and give a warm Burnet County welcome to Ranger Martinez.

Peace officer Ray Martinez became well known in 1966 when he was instrumental in bringing down the University of Texas tower sniper.

A peace officer for over 30 years, Ranger Martinez will speak on “The Evolution of the Texas Rangers”. Joy Shirley, president of the local DRT Jane Wells Wood Chapter, said “We are excited and honored to host such a well known lawman for our first meeting after our summer break.We want to invite the public, especially our local peace officers, to hear about Ranger Martinez’s distinguished career”.


Brian Edward Bullock

Brian Edward Bullock


Brian Edward Bullock

April 29, 1996 — July 4, 2017

Brian Edward Bullock, 21, of Burnet, Texas, went to be with his heavenly father on July 4, 2017. He was born April 29, 1996, in Round Rock, Texas. Brian graduated with honors from Burnet High School in 2014, where he played on the varsity basketball and tennis teams. He was currently attending Texas A&M University where he was studying Ocean Engineering and was to graduate in May. Brian was a die-hard Aggie and receiving his Aggie ring was one of his proudest moments.

Brian had a love for life that was evident to everyone who knew him. He enjoyed playing basketball, hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking and seeing God’s handiwork in the mountains, lakes, rivers and sunsets. He also enjoyed taking his beloved dog “Goose” to run and swim. Brian loved a good political discussion, watching his Golden State Warriors play, and Texas Aggies football.


BHS Class of 2014 grad killed in Milam County accident

Brian Bullock

A Burnet High School graduate attending Texas A&M University was killed on the Fourth of July in a two-vehicle accident and car fire near Gause in Milam County.

Brian Bullock, 21, of Burnet, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 10:20 p.m. Tuesday accident, which happened on US 79. The driver of the other vehicle, Melodie Jones, 20, of Milano, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, the Milam County Sheriff's Department and the Gause and Milano Volunteer Fire Departments were called to the scene.

Bullock was a 2014 graduate of Burnet High School and a senior engineering student at Texas A&M University in College Station. He is the son of Dan and Lisa Bullock of Burnet.


There's no place like home! 'Bachelorette' star Pell returns for Saturday concert

Country music singer-songerwriter Luke Pell


By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

He may be better known to millions of viewers for his stint on the reality TV show, “The Bachelorette,” but country music singer-songwriter Luke Pell still considers himself a Burnet, Texas, boy at heart who has been fortunate enough to chase his passion since graduating from Burnet High School in 2003.

At 9 p.m. Saturday, Pell and his band will perform at Toupsie's in Lampasas. It marks the first time since the Burnet Concert Series in May 2016, when he opened for Kyle Park, that Pell has played this close to home.

“I'm very excited and so glad to be back and to get to play on home turf,” he said. “We last played Toupsies about two years ago, so it's been a while since we've been there as well.


Bulldog homecoming parade set for Sept. 15

As the new school year opens for students and teachers this week, school spirit is already ramping up for the Burnet High School Homecoming festivities.

This year’s Burnet High School Homecoming Parade will be held at the Burnet Square on Thursday, Sept. 15. 

“We cordially invite any and all children’s programs, churches, or community organizations that would like to participate,” said Burnet High School Homecoming Committee officials in a release. “Please submit confirmation by Monday, Sept. 12.”

The final float line up will be made available by email on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Those who would like to enter a float may contact Bill Neve at bneve@burnetcisd.net or 512-756-6193.


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.”


Burkhart takes reigns as BHS Principal



Casey Burkhart is no stranger to the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD) after he has served as Assistant Principal at Burnet High School since 2012.

“I grew up coming to Lake Buchanan and always pictured myself as becoming part of the community here,” said Burkhart.

Burkhart who grew up in Taylor, Texas, graduated from Thrall High School, which is a rural community like Burnet, just outside of Taylor.

In his early years, Burkhart blossomed in the Taylor community with his two sisters Kristi and Emma, as well as his parents Mark and Devvie.

Burkhart then spent his middle school and high school years with his dad and stepmother Susan after his father remarried following his divorce from Devvie.

“I get a lot of my attributions from my mom as well as my dad and Susan,” said Burkhart.


Burnet Bulldog Football Schedule


District 13-4A, Division I

Burnet Bulldogs

8-26 – Austin Reagan             7:30 p.m.

9-2 – Marble Falls                   7:30 p.m.

9-9 – at Fredericksburg           7:30 p.m.

9-16 --   Austin Crockett          7:30 p.m.

9-23 – at Llano                        7:30 p.m.

10-7 – at China Spring            7:30 p.m.

10-14 – Gatesville                   7:30 p.m.

10-21 – at Liberty Hill            7:30 p.m.

10-28 – Lampasas                   7:30 p.m.

11-4 – at LaVega                    7:30 p.m.


Lampasas Badgers

8-26 – Fredericksburg             7:30 p.m.

9-2 – Waco Robinson             7:30 p.m.

9-9 – Wimberley                     7:30 p.m.

9-16 -- Lorena                         7:30 p.m.

9-23 – at Canyon Lake           7:30 p.m.

10-7 – at Gatesville                 7:30 p.m.

10-14 – Liberty Hill                7:30 p.m.


Lady Bulldogs pair selected honorable mention state picks


Ashley Hallmark, a four-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs, closed her career with the recent selection to the Texas High School Coaches Assocation all-state softball team.

Hallmark and fellow outfielder Lexey Parker were both honorable mention choices. Senior pitcher Makenzie Carpenter was a second-team choice.

In all, the coaches selected first team, second team, third team and honorable mention.

Hallmark batted .423 with 30 hits in 71 at bats for the season. She drove in 12 runs and stole 10 bases. Hallmark will play college softball for Angelina College in Lufkin.

Angelina College won the softball junior college national championship in 2014.

Parker, an incoming senior, had a solid junior season with a .361 batting average on 30 hits in 83 at bats. Parker stole 15 bases and carried a .952 fieleding average for the Lady Dawgs.


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