Burnet school district OKs tax rate and calendar changes

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

BURNET — Burnet Consolidated Independent School District trustees approved a proposed tax rate for the 2013-2014 school year with $1.04 going to maintenance and operations and $0.2225 to debt service during a regular meeting July 15.

The rate will stay the same, which was suggested by Sarah Cervi, director of Business and Finance.

“If values go up significantly, we may exceed collections,” she said.

She added if that happens, there might be an opportunity to pay more debt.

In addition, the board approved setting a public hearing for the tax rate at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the BCISD Board Room, 208 E. Brier.

The board also approved 10 changes to the 2013-2014 calendar:

• Aug. 16 is a now a teacher workday

• Nov. 27 is a staff development trade day

• Dec. 19 and Jan. 20 are early release days

• Jan. 6 and May 23 are school days for staff and students

• Jan. 10 and May 31 are staff development days

• May 30 is the last day of school, graduation and early release

• June 2 is a bad weather day

The other bad weather day is April 18. McBurnett said if the school district has to use a bad weather day before April, staff and students would make up that day April 18.

Project Graduation will be May 30, and officers are expected to sign a contract with Dave & Busters on July 16.

Member Robby Robertson was impressed with the new calendar and complimented staff members.

“That was a stroke of genius,” he said with a smile.

The board also:

• was told teachers will be able to get keys to their new classrooms and campuses by July 24 instead of Aug. 1, which was when administrators said their equipment and things for their classrooms would be ready to be unpacked.

• heard a report on proposed traffic solutions regarding Burnet Elementary School. Administrators showed new drop-off points for students riding buses and being dropped off by family members.

• asked Superintendent Keith McBurnett to develop a district vehicles policy allowing BCISD vehicles to be used by nonprofit groups. Members want a policy in place that allows groups to use the vehicles in Burnet County with stipulations such as signing waivers. McBurnett believes he’ll have a new policy to present during the regular board meeting in August.

• authorized McBurnett to execute a contract with the city of Burnet to provide a school resource officer. McBurnett said he and several members of the city are interviewing candidates. Cost is $55,000, which is to be used for salary, equipment, cell-phone service, fuel, uniforms and other needs. The superintendent said most officers are paid $70,000. The school resource officer will spend most of his or her time at Burnet High School and Burnet Middle School with weekly visits to Burnet and R.J. Richey elementary schools. In addition, that person and three other officers will attend home football games and other contests where a large number of fans will be in attendance.

• approved the 2013-2014 student code.

• approved a $750 stipend pay for five department heads at Bertram Elementary School.

jfierro@thepicayune.com