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Wed
09
Jan

Belle crash, fire, BCISD ratings top Burnet 2018 stories

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
One of the top Burnet stories of 2018 involved the crash of an historic plane at the Burnet Municipal Airport. Pictured here is a firefighter who sprayed foam onto the wreckage of the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain Saturday, July 21, after the aircraft crashed while attempting to take off for an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Thirteen people aboard the plane all escaped before the plane exploded, but one was taken to a San Antonio hospital for burn injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The loss of the beloved Bluebonnet Belle aircraft, a summer of wildfires and the BCISD's first academic accountability rating topped headlines in Burnet for 2018.

Crash of the Belle

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Thirteen people were aboard the Belle, tail number N47HL, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 13 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.

Fri
24
Aug

TEA releases BCISD rating

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The Texas Education Agency's accountability ratings are in for Burnet County's two school districts and the results are a mixed bag for local educators.

Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) was awarded a grade of B overall as a district, while Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD) was given a grade of C overall.

All campuses in both districts were rated as meeting the standard in the three main criteria used by TEA, but some campuses had low scores individually which barely met the minimum standard.

Local superintendents expresses their concern that the rating issued by the state oversimplifies their mission to educate and prepare their students by boiling all they do down to a single letter grade.

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