A Message from Superintendent Keith McBurnet about Strategic Planning
When I first arrived in Burnet CISD, a major element of my entry plan was about listening, learning and seeking feedback from district stakeholders. To that end, I met with every campus and department and held forums to meet with the public. During these meetings, I asked the same three questions to help guide the conversations:
• What is getting in the way of all students being successful?
• What do you need to help all students learn?
• What do you expect of me as superintendent?
The feedback I received was invaluable as I worked with the Board of Trustees and the administration to chart a course of meeting the expectations of stakeholders. Many of our actions as a District the past five years have been guided by that feedback including providing additional planning time for teachers, expanding CTE offerings, adding elementary counselors, adding school resource officers, renovating our facilities, adding behavior staff and many more.
As I enter my sixth year in Burnet CISD, it is important for me to again engage our stakeholders to make sure as a District; we are working on the right things. In September, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, comprised of 40 members representing staff, students, parents and community members, met to develop the foundation for a three-year strategic plan. The work included developing a new vision statement, mission statement and goals based on four areas identified by the Board of Trustees as priorities (Academic Achievement, Culture & Climate, Educator Quality and Family & Community Engagement). Later in October, the Action Planning Committees will be adding specific actions toward accomplishing the goals. A draft of the final plan will presented to the Board of Trustees in January for approval, but I wanted to provide our community a sneak peak of the foundational elements of the plan below.