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Restrictions on bags, student seating proposed for Burnet athletic events

Burnet guard Jacob Atkinson

Burnet guard Jacob Atkinson looks for an open teammate during the Bulldogs' 44-43 win over Jarrell on Feb. 3. Burnet Consolidated Independent School District trustees are considering policy changes that would affect what spectators at sporting events can bring into the venues and where elementary and middle school students can sit. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

New spectator guidelines for stadium and gym events on Burnet school district campuses could include prohibiting backpacks and large purses or bags and ways to keep elementary and middle school students in their seats, except for brief trips to the restrooms or concessions.

Burnet Consolidated Independent School District trustees discussed the changes during a special meeting on Monday, March 6, which also included a budget workshop. 

Under revisions proposed by Athletic Director Kurt Jones, only clear bags and small purses or clutch bags would be permitted at athletic events. 

Other suggested policy changes would prohibit elementary and middle school students from loitering in common areas.

“Horseplay cannot be allowed, including running, climbing, jumping, throwing of objects, frequent seat changes, and other similar behavior,” reads a BCISD statement after the meeting. “Under this revision, elementary students would be expected to be seated with their parents while middle school students would be expected to be seated in a designated section on the far west end of the stands.”

The Board of Trustees plans to work on these draft revisions with the goal of finalizing them by May. 


Trustees approved: 

  • $198,774 for Denison Welding & Construction LLC to immediately begin construction on the new 100-foot-by-100-foot ag barn;
  • $30,385.50 to repair the walk-in freezer at Burnet High School;
  • and two change orders at the Student Activity Center, $92,067 to reroute a gas line and $45,128 to cap in concrete for a required drainage trench in the parking lot.