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BURNET — The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees unanimously approved a contract for designating peace officers and security personnel.

“As a reminder, the school district has contracted with the city to provide a Burnet police officer for four hours a day to provide an increased law enforcement presence on campuses,” Superintendent Keith McBurnett said. “The officer will have a rotating schedule involving all seven BCISD campuses.”

The officers are members of the Burnet Police Department, and the total cost of the contract is $6,588, which started March 4 and will take them to June 6. It includes traveling to Bertram Elementary, McBurnett said.

The vote was made during the board’s regular meeting March 18.

McBurnett met with Police Chief Paul Nelson and conveyed the positive conversations he had with staff members, the superintendent said.

“BCISD principals shared the positive impact officers are having on campus in just the short time the agreement has been in place,” he said.

McBurnett also told the board Shady Grove Elementary School personnel were given their new campus assignment and duties March 8.

He said employees were given a transfer window “if they wanted to try to move into another position than the one they were assigned,” which closes March 20. The hope is to finalize all assignments by April 1.

The campus is expected to close at the end of this school year.

In other business, the board also:

  • approved a contract with Pfluger & Associates Architects on a facility needs assessment.
  • learned that through natural attrition and retirement, BCISD is saving $275,869. And McBurnett added he believes with more natural attrition, the district expects an additional $200,000 “in savings in the year to come.”