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Kurt Jones addresses the Bulldogs after a practice during the 2018 season. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Kurt Jones sees opportunity in restructured Burnet CISD role

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO No one knows better than Kurt Jones the challenges of being the head football coach and athletic director at a school where the standard is set high. Being the head football coach at Burnet High School is an everyday job: one that requires watching massive amounts of film, developing offseason training […]

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Burnet sophomore running back Marcus Escamilla looks for running room after taking a handoff from sophomore quarterback Mathew Tippie. The Bulldogs lost 42-28 to Taylor on Nov. 9 to end their season. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet CISD makes changes at head football coach, other district positions

FROM STAFF REPORTS Burnet Consolidated Independent School District officials unveiled sweeping changes in its administrative department Dec. 10, including at head football coach. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School building trades students place a wooden panel on the outer wall of the water house for Tobeyville resident Billy Inman. The students have been working on the water house for six days and were hours away from finishing Dec. 3. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Tobeyville resident turns to tried-and-true construction crew: Marble Falls students

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Thanks to the Marble Falls High School buildings trade program, Tobeyville resident Billy Inman won’t have to worry about frozen water during the cold winter. (more…)

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Spicewood Elementary School student Gage Goebel works on a model raft he is designing to survive a ride over a waterfall. Though it’s a model, the same rules of design, construction, and engineering for building a full-size raft apply. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Spicewood Elementary School gets creative with education

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Gage Goebel scrounged around the workbench, pulling out cardboard tubing similar to a paper towel roll but larger in circumference. He then grabbed a couple of thin, wooden sticks about 18 inches long and a bit thicker than a toothpick. (more…)

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Keith McBurnett is the superintendent of the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District.

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE: BCISD will watch Texas Legislature closely this session

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the state’s 86th legislative session will begin, and, for 140 days, Texas lawmakers will work to set the state’s budget for the next two years and address policies and laws in areas as diverse as transportation, border security, health care, and education. Even though the session doesn’t kick off until January, […]

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Llano High School seniors signed certificates to celebrate their college, university, or military choices during a ceremony in the campus cafeteria Nov. 28. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Llano High School honors college-bound seniors on signing day

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Llano High School Principal Jenifer Neatherlin refers to her students as dream chasers. On Nov. 28 during a “signing day,” 23 of her seniors took a step toward realizing their dreams when they announced where they will be attending college. (more…)

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McBurnett is the superintendent of the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District.

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE: Basing district grades on STAAR test doesn’t add up

There is nothing fair to students or parents about using a one-time multiple-choice test to label schools and districts. I shared this message recently during a community forum. To support my statement, I have included below a math question from the 2018 Third Grade STAAR test that I also shared with community members. (more…)

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Betty Hechler (left), Cindi Evans, and Remi Grace stand with some of the donated items for His Hands Ministry, a program through Weakday Ministries that provides clothing and footwear to Burnet Consolidated Independent School District students in need. His Hands Ministry still needs sponsors for 15 children. Courtesy photo

His Hands Ministry seeking sponsors to purchase warm clothes for BCISD kids in need

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO His Hands Ministry, part of Weakday Ministries, is seeking sponsors to clothe 15 children during the cold part of the year. The primary need is winter clothing, including undergarments, outerwear, and footwear. Most sponsors spend $100-$125. (more…)

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The Marble Falls Mustangs players don red socks during last year’s Brother Max Copeland Night. This year’s event is Friday, Oct. 26, during the game against Leander Glenn. It’s in honor of Max Copeland, who passed away in May 2015. Copeland was found of wearing red socks and suspenders as well as giving back to the community and supporting Marble Falls athletics. During the game, buckets will be passed around to collect money for a scholarship fund in his name. File photo

Brother Max Copeland Night at Mustangs football game to honor community-minded man

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO When the purple-and-gold Marble Falls Mustangs football team puts on red socks and breaks out the red-laced football, it can mean only one thing. (more…)

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BCISD MESSAGE: Have a conversation with your child about vaping and drug use

In September, Burnet Consolidated Independent School District conducted its first round of drug testing, and, out of the 69 students tested, there was only one positive test for marijuana. (more…)

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School shootings put safety front and center at MFISD; $55M bond goes before voters

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Columbine brought campus safety to the forefront; Sandy Hook forced school officials to take those protocols to a level unlike any seen before. (more…)

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State Sen. Dawn Buckingham commends the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District transportation staff Oct. 11 for their heroic and valiant work during a wildfire in July that forced the evacuation of 50-70 homes, 400 Inks Lakes State Park visitors, and 700 campers and staff at Camp Longhorn Indian Springs. Within an hour of BCISD officials requesting bus drivers to help evacuate Camp Longhorn Indian Springs, 14 drivers and staff responded. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

State leaders recognize BCISD bus drivers for evacuating summer camp during wildfire

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON As 14 Burnet Consolidated Independent School District buses rolled into the Camp Longhorn Indian Springs drive on Sunday, July 29, tears formed in camp director Nan Manning’s eyes. (more…)

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Phoenix Center therapist Erin Givarz (left) and Marble Falls Head Start center director Aletha Laterza know the positive effects the center’s programs have on children. Phoenix Center and Marble Falls Independent School District formed a partnership in 2015 to provide mental health services to students and are expanding those services and programs this year. Go to phoenixtx.org for more information. Courtesy photo

Phoenix Center and Marble Falls ISD expand mental health services on campuses

FROM STAFF REPORTS Since 2015, when Phoenix Center of Marble Falls and Marble Falls Independent School District forged a partnership, the two have served more than 900 students with mental health services. (more…)

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Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett

BCISD MESSAGE: Bulldog Spirit, Pride and Honor on display; dangers of drugs and vaping

You have heard me say it over and over: I love the Burnet community and our school district. I was most recently reminded again of why during the homecoming football game — or, should I say, before the football game. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School homecoming parade route.

Marble Falls homecoming parade route, bonfire site change

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Marble Falls High School homecoming parade and bonfire are on the move. (more…)

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A resident takes images of flooding following a Sept. 21 storm in Sonora. To help relief efforts for the Sonora community, the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District is collecting monetary donations, which will be presented in a check to Sonora school district officials at the Burnet-Sonora football game Friday, Sept. 28. Photo by Kimberley Meyer, The Devil’s River News

Burnet football fans can help flood-devastated Sonora community before the big game

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Before Burnet school district Superintendent Keith McBurnett had a chance to organize a fundraiser for the Sonora Independent School District, he learned a couple of his coaches had already taken the lead.  (more…)

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While Mustang Stadium is typically associated with Marble Falls High School football, the facility actually serves many teams, programs, and events, including the band and commencement ceremonies. After eight years of use, the stadium’s turf and track are showing wear and tear. Marble Falls Independent School District is taking a $55 million bond proposal to voters on Nov. 6 that includes $900,000 for turf and track upgrades. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

New turf at Mustang Stadium part of bond package on ballot; reason is safety, officials say

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Just before the 2018 football season started, Wade Whiteside and his son, Braidon, were looking at photos of Mustang Stadium from a few years ago. (more…)

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BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett

BCISD Message: Homecoming week, Hall of Honor nominations, and district objectives

Every so often, I will see a post on social media that says schools no longer require the Pledge of Allegiance for fear of offending someone. Actually, there are more states than not that require the Pledge of Allegiance be recited each day. (more…)

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Carleen Wray (right) of Sandy Hook Promise presents Burnet Middle School teacher and Interact Club sponsor Sara Te (left) and club members Hayden Brown, Tatum Salinas, MaeSyn Gay, Emily Wagner, Karlie Buckley, Claire Teague, and Elyzabeth Muziak with the Start With Hello Community Reach and Sustainability runner-up award. The honor recognizes the efforts of club members and the entire school’s student body in making the campus more inclusive. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet Middle School honored for its Start With Hello efforts to end social isolation

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — As Burnet Middle School Interact Club sponsor Sara Te stood before the student body, she summed up the efforts of the club and student body to create a more inclusive campus, which began two years ago with the Start With Hello program. (more…)

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Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE: Preparing for the future at BCISD

We are already in the middle of the third week of school, and it is hard to believe our athletes, cheerleaders, drill team, and band members have been at school more than a month practicing, playing, and performing. It is amazing to watch the number of activities that our young people participate in across the […]

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Marble Falls ISD focuses on safety, security in $55 million bond package

Marble Falls ISD focuses on safety, security in $55 million bond package

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Independent School District is emphasizing safety and security in its $55 million bond package that will go before voters in November. (more…)

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Burnet school district voters pass tax ratification election by huge margin

Burnet school district voters pass tax ratification election by huge margin

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — Burnet Consolidated Independent School District voters overwhelmingly passed the tax ratification election Aug. 25 by a 90 percent margin. (more…)

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Spicewood Elementary School Principal Susan Cox (right) presents kindergarten teacher Sarah Jenkins with a $75 gift card. The gift card was one of many the Spicewood Community Library Board of Directors and patrons gave to the campus Aug. 21. The library raised about $5,000 in gift cards to give to the elementary school. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Spicewood Community Library, patrons show their support of teachers with several gifts

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON SPICEWOOD — The day before classes started at Spicewood Elementary School, teachers were up to their elbows in preparations for students when four residents walked into the campus library. (more…)

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Reading specialist Jennifer Jones, creator of HelloLiteracy.com, visited Colt Elementary School to inspire educators to teach the way she does with energy and from the heart. Jones was welcomed by Colt teacher Angeleca Palacio (left), Colt Principal Erika O’Connor, and teachers Sonja Marroquin and Sylvia Villarreal. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Children’s literacy expert brings ideas and suggestions to Colt Elementary School

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — When Colt Elementary School teacher Sonja Marroquin first heard Jennifer Jones, she immediately knew she wanted her colleagues to feel what she felt. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School student Maribel Nikole Enriquez was killed in a car crash in June. Courtesy photo

Mustangs fans asked to give to Our Day To Shine fund to help families in need

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — When Marble Falls High School head football coach Mike Birdwell held the first official donation effort for the Our Day To Shine benevolent fund last August, he had no idea how it would impact a family in Mustang Nation. (more…)

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Grant creates plumber training program at Central Texas College

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Almost 100 new plumbers will be needed in the Highland Lakes in the next five years, according to a statistic from state labor boards. This is due to new subdivisions, businesses, and other growth. (more…)

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