Shady Grove Elementary staff says goodbye to Burnet campus

Shady Grove Elementary librarian Sheila Stockman is busy dividing books to be sent to the libraries at Burnet, R.J. Richey and Bertram elementary schools. The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District is closing the Shady Grove campus. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

BURNET — When the final bell sounded at Shady Grove Elementary School on June 6, staff members and teachers left the campus for the last time with a number of emotions.But the top two were gratefulness and optimism for the future.

Members of the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District board voted to close the doors of the campus earlier this year. The reason is because the average daily attendance rate has dropped, which had left plenty of space at all four elementary schools.

Since Shady Grove had the second smallest enrollment of the four elementary schools, serving second- and third-graders, and because of its proximity, Superintendent Keith McBurnett recommended to the board to consolidate and keep open Burnet, R.J. Richey and Bertram elementary schools.

The good news was teachers and administrators kept their jobs for the 2013-2014 school year and will work at the other three campuses.

Principal Terra Singletary, who has been on the campus for four years, will go to Bertram and will take plenty with her from Shady Grove, she said.

“I’ll take with me all the wonderful memories and expertise I have as I go to Bertram Elementary, where I know there’s a great group there, too,” she said. “And I’m looking forward to working with them. But all the memories, the experience I have will be going with me.”

Shady Grove was an exemplary campus in 2008-2009 and a recognized campus in 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, the first year of State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing.

“I think you have to have quality staff, good morale and teachers who see kids succeed and don’t make excuses,” Singletary said.

jfierro@thepicayune.com