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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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The Texas Education Agency released letter grades for Texas public school districts Aug. 15. However, local school officials caution people not to base their assessment of districts on a rating that weighs heavily on standardized testing. Marble Falls and Burnet school officials pointed out that many achievements by students can’t be measured on a standardized test such as success in the fine arts, athletics, and student clubs. For example: The 2018 Marble Falls Mustang band quartet of Yobana Solorzano (left), Jack Gratehouse, Remi MacHarg, and Sydney Kelley earned a gold medal during the University Interscholastic League State Solo and Ensemble Contest in May. That is a learning experience that TEA doesn’t necessarily include in its school accountability rating. Courtesy photo

School officials say people should look beyond TEA letter grades for districts

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Report card time generates a mix of fear, anticipation, and even excitement among students. The same could be said for school officials when the Texas Education Agency released letter grades for Texas public school districts Aug. 15, but with a few differences. (more…)

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Early voting for BCISD Tax Ratification Election ends Aug. 21; election day Aug. 25

Early voting for BCISD Tax Ratification Election ends Aug. 21; election day Aug. 25

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet Consolidated Independent School District voters still have a day of early voting for the Tax Ratification Election. Early voting runs through Tuesday, Aug. 21. (more…)

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TEA report cards are in for Highland Lakes school districts

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON AUSTIN — As the summer break wraps up, area schools got their “report card” from the Texas Education Agency with two Highland Lakes districts earning a C and one a B. (more…)

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Marble Falls, Burnet school districts replace ACE programs as grant funding ends

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — With waiting lists growing at two of the three elementary campuses for the new Bulldog Clubs, Shelley Reavis, Burnet Consolidated Independent School District’s director of Elementary Curriculum, knew the district was on the right track and picking up steam after a grant funding a previous after-school program ended. (more…)

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Granite Shoals police officer Christie Carter can already envision the department's boat filled with school supplies for students and teachers. Carter came up with Fill the Boat!, an event that lets people drop off school supplies — to fill the boat — from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the station, 410 N. Phillips Ranch Road. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals Police Department hoping for boatload of school supplies

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals Police Department’s boat is used for various purposes on Lake LBJ, including helping stranded boaters and ensuring public safety. (more…)

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Marble Falls school board's special meeting over facilities planning recommendations

Marble Falls school board’s special meeting over facilities planning recommendations

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Monday, Aug. 13, to discuss the facilities planning committee’s recommendations. (more…)

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Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE: First day of class is around the corner, and BCISD is ready

It is almost time for parents across Burnet County to tag Burnet school district staff and say, “You’re it.” Where did the summer go? It is hard to believe that on Monday, Aug. 20, the 2018-19 school year begins. We have been busy planning for the new school year, including hiring new teachers, wrapping up […]

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends Kingsland School

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — The Kingsland School Lakers are headed back to class on Monday, Aug. 20. If you’re unfamiliar with Kingsland School, it’s a public charter school with classes from kindergarten through eighth grade that serves students in Burnet and Llano counties. As a public charter school, there is no admission to attend. […]

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends BCISD campuses

BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends BCISD campuses

The Bulldogs are back — well, officially on Monday, Aug. 20, the first of class for Burnet Consolidated Independent School District students. Many students, particularly at the high school, have already returned to school due to sports and band practices. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls is located at 3151 RR 1431 East. Call (830) 798-1333 or go to famf.org for more information. File photo

BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends Faith Academy

MARBLE FALLS — Though the Texas summer didn’t need any help, the Faith Academy Flames are heating things up as classes start Tuesday, Aug. 14. Faith Academy, 3151 RR 1431 just east of Marble Falls, is the only private school for kindergarten through 12th grade in the area. It’s a great option for families, but […]

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Meet the Jackets and more at Llano High School on Aug. 7

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — As the first day of school quickly approaches for Llano students, Llano High School is gearing up with several events, including Meet the Jackets and Jacket RISE. (more…)

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends LISD campuses

BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends LISD campuses

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — As far as public schools go in the Highland Lakes, Llano Independent School District students head back to the class the earliest with a Wednesday, Aug. 15, start date. (more…)

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends MFISD campuses

BACK TO SCHOOL: Everything you need to know if your student attends MFISD campuses

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Yes, Mustangs, summer break is coming to a close. Students have about two week left before Marble Falls Independent School District classes resume Wednesday, Aug. 22. (more…)

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Early voting for BCISD’s Tax Ratification Election starts Aug. 8

Early voting for BCISD’s Tax Ratification Election starts Aug. 8

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet school district voters can have their say in whether to cut the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District’s overall tax rate by 2 cents as soon as Aug. 8 when early voting begins. (more…)

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Hill Country Community Theatre Executive Director Mike Rademaekers (left) surprises Christine Ashbaugh with the $1,000 Phyl Holbert Scholarship before the opening curtain July 21 of the theater’s current production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘State Fair.’ Courtesy photo

Hill Country Community Theatre awards young actress, 2018 graduate $1,000 scholarship

COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Hill Country Community Theatre awarded the Phyl Holbert Scholarship to 2018 Marble Falls High School graduate Christine Ashbaugh for her outstanding contributions to the theater. (more…)

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Texans celebrate one more holiday before going back to school: tax-free weekend

STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — As the calendar flips to August, the sudden realization comes that school is just around the corner. However, even before class starts, the first holiday for students and parents arrives: Texas’s tax-free weekend Friday-Sunday, Aug. 10-12. (more…)

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Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett

Burnet school district’s ‘Coffee with the Superintendent’ to discuss Tax Ratification Election

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With the Tax Ratification Election just a few weeks away, Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Keith McBurnett is hosting “Coffee with the Superintendent” on Thursday, Aug. 2, to discuss the election and reasons for it. (more…)

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Hellas Construction workers continue to clear and flatten land in preparation for artificial turf on the new football field and an eight-lane track surrounding it. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

New Faith Academy football field should be ready for season opener Aug. 31

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — As Hellas Construction workers continue to flatten and move dirt on the new Faith Academy of Marble Falls football field and track, Flames athletics director Jeremy Wentrcek said he’s confident the field will be ready for the 2018 season. (more…)

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Marble Falls ISD surveying residents regarding facilities plan and possible bond election

Marble Falls ISD surveying residents regarding facilities plan and possible bond election

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls school district officials are asking residents to take an online survey regarding a facilities plan and possible bond election. (more…)

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In 2017, the Burnet Middle School Interact Club brought the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation’s program ‘Start With Hello’ to the campus. The next year, the club added the ‘Say Something.’ Both programs were created to help end school violence by creating an inclusive environment and encouraging students to report harmful behaviors. Burnet Middle School teacher Sara Te, the Interact sponsor, testified before the Texas Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security on July 18 about how those programs have helped her school. File photo

Burnet teacher testifies before Texas Senate committee regarding school violence

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON AUSTIN — When Burnet Middle School teacher and Interact Club sponsor Sara Te set out a little more than two years ago to help students fit in on campus, she never thought it would lead to testifying before a Texas Senate committee. (more…)

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Burnet High School principal Casey Burkhart. Courtesy photo

Burnet High School’s Casey Burkhart earns regional Principal of the Year honor

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet High School principal Casey Burkhart doesn’t do his job for the accolades, but he does earn them. The latest one comes as his Region 13 peers selected him as the region’s Outstanding High School Principal of the Year. (more…)

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