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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Burnet school district plan would lower property tax rate, raise $600,000 with voter OK

Burnet school district plan would lower property tax rate, raise $600,000 with voter OK

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — With the state of Texas eyeing as much as $2.7 million of Burnet Consolidated Independent School District’s local tax money over the next two years, district officials are asking voters to approve a move that would not only lower the school property tax rate but also create $600,000 the so-called […]

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Burnet High School graduate Trey Foster (second from right) accepts a $15,750 scholarship from Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Lineman’s Rodeo Team. The graduate is headed to the Northwest Lineman College in Denton, where he’ll follow in the footsteps of late father, Anthony Foster, in becoming a lineman. Pictured with Foster are PEC Regional Operation Supervisor Ken Armstrong (left), PEC Technical Services Supervisor Eric Bitzko, PEC Safety and Technical Training Manager James Vasquez, and PEC Vice President of Operations Wayne McKee. Courtesy photo

PEC awards scholarship to Burnet graduate following in his late father’s footsteps as lineman

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — As Pedernales Electric Cooperative staff were preparing for a move to their new Marble Falls district office, they came across Anthony Foster’s lineman gear. (more…)

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Marble Falls, Burnet school districts offer free summer meals

Marble Falls, Burnet school districts offer free summer meals

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — Though summer came for Burnet school kids more a couple of weeks ago, the R.J. Richey Elementary School kitchen buzzes with activity. Pamela Holcomb, Burnet Consolidated Independent School District food services director, and Heather Tepe, R.J. Richey cafeteria manager, are turning out lunches for kids taking advantage of the summer […]

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Yearbooks from Burnet and Bertram high schools can now be found online.

Burnet, Bertram yearbooks from 1952 up online thanks to Hill Country Community Foundation

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — When looking back on your high school years, one of the first things you do is pull out the old yearbooks. These annual publications allow you to remember fashion trends, catchphrases, and pieces of personal history that helped shape who you are. (more…)

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Burnet Patrol Officer Mark Edwards visited Shady Grove Elementary on May 16 for Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day. Burnet Consolidated Independent School District has approved a full-time school resource officer for each of its campuses starting next school year. Courtesy photo

School shootings prompt officials to place police officers on all Burnet CISD campuses

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — The most recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, prompted Burnet and Bertram city and school officials to approve officers for the 2018-19 school year on all school campuses in Burnet Consolidated Independent School District. (more…)

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Shelly Jones

Burnet CISD hires three new coaches for next season

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Three coaches are joining the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District staff in 2018-19. They are Shelly Jones as volleyball head coach, Mike Walzel as Burnet High School girls golf head coach and Burnet Middle School golf coach, and Craig Griffin as Burnet Middle School boys athletics coordinator. (more…)

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Burnet CISD to dole out $350,000 to state in first Robin Hood payout

Burnet CISD to dole out $350,000 to state in first Robin Hood payout

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — The future of classroom programs and teacher pay raises could be in jeopardy as Burnet Consolidated Independent School District joins the list of “property rich” schools to pay into the state of Texas’s so-called “Robin Hood” school finance system. (more…)

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Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett

BCISD MESSAGE: Property values, taxes, and state funding

The Burnet Consolidated Independent District has been developing its budget since January and conducted its first budget workshop in March. The next budget workshop is June 4. A key data point in developing the district’s budget is property values. (more…)

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