Superintendent's Message

Welcome to Burnet CISD. Located in the Hill Country, Burnet CISD is spread out over 700 square miles and serves 3,200 students in 6 campuses. Burnet CISD has a rich history of excellence in academics and extracurricular activities, and is committed to CRAFTING the FUTURE. That future is as unique as each of our students. For some that means preparing them for college or a trade school, while others it means preparing them to earn a certification or enter the workforce with demonstrable skills. Our students are excelling inside the classroom and outside the classroom. I am proud to be the superintendent of Burnet CISD and to be a member of this wonderful community. You will find that there is a real sense of care and community within the District. If I can be of assistance to you, please feel free to contact me.
 
To find out more about Keith McBurnett, click HERE.
 
 
January 23, 2023
Good morning! As of this morning, both trustee incumbents have filed for the May 6 School Board Election. In Place 3, Suzanne Brown has filed and in Place 7, Mark Kincaid has filed. I do want to encourage everyone to make sure you are registered to vote, and more importantly, take time to actually vote. It is surprising to me how few people actually vote in school board elections, especially knowing the important issues and decisions that are made by the Board of Trustees each month. As a reminder, the last day to register to vote for the May 6 election is Thursday, April 6.

The preliminary state budgets by the House and Senate call for $130.1 billion in state spending over two years, leaving approximately $50 billion in available funds. The House and Senate bills both include $15 billion for property tax relief, $1.8 billion for state employee pay raises and $4.6 billion for the governor’s border security program, Operation Lone Star. Details about funding for public education are still not clear. Members of the Burnet CISD Board of Trustees will be participating in a Legislative Conference in Austin on February 21, with hopes of learning more details about changes to the school finance system which would assist with the District’s planning. The first Budget Workshop for the District’s 23-24 Budget is scheduled for Monday, March 6.

In his third inaugural address last week, Governor Abbott emphasized his support for “school choice” which is another way of saying school vouchers. Though they come in many different forms, all voucher programs divert money away from public schools, and don’t have the same accountability as public schools. The chart below highlights some of the differences. It is my belief that the Legislature should be focused on adequately funding and supporting the improvement of public schools. 
 
Voucher Chart
As a reminder, Monday, January 30 is a campus-based professional development/planning day as we mark the halfway point of the 4th Six Weeks. I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!


January 16, 2023
Good evening! Thank you for making today’s Dawg Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. a great learning opportunity for students. As I have written to our parents, reading, writing, and arithmetic are important parts of our written curriculum, but just as important to us is developing a servant’s heart in our students so that they recognize that they are a part of a bigger community in which they need to give back. Although Burnet CISD’s MLK Day of Service won’t ever show up on any of the state assessment reports, we believe the lessons learned are invaluable to our students. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”  
 
The every three year comprehensive safety audit was completed last week. We expect to receive the final report in 60-90 days. The two auditors were very complimentary of our safety and security initiatives. They indicated that among districts our size across the state, that we are clearly a leader in school safety and security. Some of their commendations included the following:
•    Door security
•    SROs on all campuses
•    Check-in procedures
•    Staff awareness
•    Exterior door numbering
•    Fencing around all campuses
•    Teacher and student badges
 
It takes all of us to ensure a safe and secure work and learning environment for our staff and students. Thank you for your daily efforts to help us meet that goal.
The Board of Trustees met this evening for their regular January Board Meeting. Included below are the most notable information and action items.
The pledges to the flags were led by the following Bertram Elementary students: Merle Cota, Rachel Bowman, Raylan Bowman, Emerson Floyd, Addy Weston, and Makayla Goble.
 
The meeting kicked off by recognizing students of the month at Burnet High School. BHS Students of the Month for January are Claire Teague and Jahir Benitez.
Hudson Bennet was recognized for earning Academic All-State distinction for Cross Country. 
 
The tables were turned during the meeting as the administration took a moment to recognize the Burnet CISD Board of Trustees as part of School Board Recognition Month. Our Board Members are extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing our school district. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of our children. They play a crucial role in CRAFTING the FUTURE in Burnet CISD. As a small token of appreciation, each Board Member was presented with a branded BCISD backpack. 
 
The Board held a public hearing to discuss the District’s Annual Report. A large portion of the report is the past year’s Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), which pulls together a wide range of information on the performance of students. The TAPR also provides information on school and district staff, programs, and student demographics. A copy of the Annual Report can be found at the following link: https://4.files.edl.io/5b05/01/12/23/230629-e63af9ba-15d3-48d8-a388-92e1ce582b3b.pdf
 
Clay Goehring, Chief Financial Officer, provided an overview of the monthly financial reports, including the 2021 Bond Financial Report.
 
Bo Ledoux with Claycomb Associates, Architects and Calen Shearer with Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. provided a report to the Board of Trustees regarding the status of projects as part of the 2021 Bond Program. A copy of the Bond Update can be found at the following link:
https://www.burnetcisd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=2098559&type=d&pREC_ID=2175896
 
The Board approved the District’s 2022 Strategic Plan. This is a 5-year plan and replaces the prior 2017 Strategic Plan. The plan was developed with the input of over 70 people, and the development process was broken up over several days. On November 1 & 2, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, comprised of 50 members representing staff, students, parents, and community members, met to develop the foundation for a five-year strategic plan. The work included developing a vision statement, mission statement and goals based on the four strands identified through a data and root cause analysis (Highly Effective Curriculum and Instruction; School Community Safety, Support and Well-Being; Strategic Staffing; and Student Future Readiness). On November 7, 8, and 17, the Action Planning Committees added specific actions toward accomplishing the goals. On December 1, members of the Steering Committee and the Action Planning Committees conducted a joint meeting to finalize the draft of the plan. Information about the strategic plan can be found at the following link: https://www.burnetcisd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=3368774&type=d&pREC_ID=2380345
 
The Board approved an order calling the School Board Election on Saturday, May 6, 2023, and appointment of Doug Ferguson as Early Voting Clerk. Two places will be on the ballot this year: Place 3 – currently held by Suzanne Brown, and Place 7 – currently held by Mark Kincaid. These are three-year terms. The last day to register to vote for the May 6 election is Thursday, April 6.
 
The Board approved the Purchase of Attendance Credits from the State of Texas to offset excess revenue.  This is the mechanism by which the State collects the District’s “recapture” funds that the Board is required to approve each year.  The District’s recapture payment has increased to approximately $10 million annually.  District’s wealth is based on property value per student attendance days.  Property wealthy schools are required to purchase attendance credits to lower their wealth per attendance day.
The recapture payment of $10 million doubles the amount of base State funding BCISD receives. As a reminder, the State is projecting to reduce state spending for the Foundation School Program (FSP) by $4.3 billion in the current school year due to higher-than-expected school property tax revenues. That means that the State will provide less funding for public schools because local taxpayers provided more. A little more than half of that reduction to the FSP is paid for by higher-than-expected recapture payments. This means that the State is requiring Burnet CISD to make a $10 million recapture payment, and a significant portion of those funds won’t go to property poor school districts, but rather to the State’s general fund to be spent how they please.
  
The Board approved a new cover for the Burnet Middle School Greenhouse which was damaged due to high winds.
 
The Board approved an Early Resignation Notification Incentive of $500 for Contract Professionals. With the current enrollment fluctuation and staff retirements, this incentive allows the district to be efficient and accurate while planning for the next budget year.  Additionally, it allows the District to begin the recruitment process early and attract the best for BCISD. Resignation notifications must be received by HR in writing by the close of business on Monday, March 20, 2023.  In order to qualify, the staff member must fulfill the current school year contract and agree not to use more than two (2) days of discretionary (personal) leave during the remainder of the school year beginning April 10, 2023. Please feel free to contact HR if you have any questions.
 
The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, February 20. I hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead!
 
 
January 9, 2023
Good morning! As we settle into the new year, many of you may have reflected on a resolution that you want to make for the new year, or maybe you selected one word for the year to provide a focus and inspiration for the days ahead. I have taken somewhat of a hybrid approach that involves commitments and two words- remind and routine. There are things that are important to me in my personal and professional life, and I am committed to reminding myself of those important things, and making them a part of my daily or weekly focus. For me, the only way I can commit to those important things is by developing a routine around those things. Without a routine, my areas of focus quickly fall out of focus. So, whether your north star this year is a resolution, word, quote, or Bible verse, I encourage you to take care of you, so that you can be the very best for your students and/or work teams.
 
School safety has always been a priority in Burnet CISD, and as a part of that commitment, the District undergoes a comprehensive safety and security audit every three years. This audit is performed by an outside consultant which allows them to review all of our safety and security features and processes through a fresh and independent lens. This comprehensive audit will take place next week, and the auditors will be visiting all campuses. There is nothing for staff to do except continue to maintain the safety protocols that we have established as a District. The findings from the audit report will be shared with the Board of Trustees and the School Safety and Security Committee, and all findings or recommendations will be addressed to ensure the safest learning and work environment possible.
 
Michele Gilmore, Rachel Jones, and I met with representatives from the Texas Association of School Board late last week to kick off the pay system review they will be conducting in Burnet CISD. Our focus for this review includes identifying the best pay strategies to achieve our goal of recruiting and retaining a quality staff, and building and aligning the most competitive pay structures for all employees benchmarked against the Hill Country market and the broader market. It will take TASB most of the Spring Semester to finalize the study, but we expect to have pay models available to review with the Board during our June Budget Workshop. As I have said before, we will be watching the Legislative Session closely (It opens on Wednesday) because they are going to have to provide additional funding for us to make any significant adjustments to our pay structures for the 2023-2024 school year. I will be sharing more information with you about this in the future.
 
Finally, throughout my career, bond construction projects have always proven to be challenging, but the pandemic has definitely made the construction process even more challenging. Whether it has been the historic cost of inflation, supply chain disruption, or labor shortage, construction projects cost more and take more time to complete than ever before. Burnet CISD has not been immune from these challenges, but we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I wanted to share with you a brief update:
 
•       Shady Grove Elementary and Burnet Middle School will have additional work done this summer to complete their bond projects.
•       All bond projects are completed at RJ Richey Elementary.
•       Bertram Elementary’s new addition is slated to be completed by the beginning of this summer. There will be additional summer work to clean up the site and finish a connecting hallway.
•       Both Baseball and Softball Fields will be turfed and ready for the official first days of practice. For Softball that is January 13 and Baseball is January 20.
•       Renovations at the Burnet High School auditorium are scheduled to be completed by the end of March. 
•       The Student Activity Center is slated to be completed this April.
•       The Burnet Middle School Field had issues with the drain stone compaction during installation, and a timeline for repairs is being developed by the contractor. The track and field events areas are expected to be completed by January 23.
 
I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!
 
 
January 3, 2023
Good Morning and Happy New Year! Welcome back to the Spring Semester! I hope you enjoyed your time away from work and find today productive towards preparing for the upcoming six weeks.
 
While many of us were sleeping in late over the break, one group of students were hard at work every morning and evening as they tended to their animals in preparation for the upcoming Burnet County Livestock Show this Thursday – Saturday. The Future Farmers of America (FFA) is comprised of three parts: classroom, career-based contests, and jobs. Showing livestock is a massive part of FFA. Students who otherwise may not have the opportunity to house, feed, and care for an animal can have that experience within FFA, and our students are fortunate to have a FFA program at Burnet High School with a strong tradition of excellence. Students are taught discipline, responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment while caring for their animals. These life skills were at the heart of the discussion of our Strategic Planning Committees as they focused on what it means to be future ready and life ready.
 
The month of January is School Board Recognition Month and the theme this year is Forward, Together. As Texas public schools continue to deal with the challenges of the past few years, school boards lead the way. However, schools and communities succeed when everyone works together for a brighter future — parents, teachers, students, and school leadership. We are fortunate to have school board members that provide outstanding leadership and vision for Burnet CISD. Our shared vision is that Burnet Consolidated ISD crafts an inspiring future which embodies spirit, pride, and honor with each student. Please join me in thanking the Burnet CISD Board of Trustees comprised of President Andy Feild, Vice President Angela Moore, Secretary Earl Foster and Trustees Robby Robertson, Suzanne Brown, Mark Kincaid and Ross Behrens.
 
Finally, the 88th Legislative Session begins next week and I have my eye on a few bills of note that have already been filed:
 
  • HB 135 would replace attendance-based funding with enrollment-based funding. This change makes sense because schools need resources for the students they serve throughout the year, not just the students who attend school on a given day. Given the nation-wide trend of decreased attendance rates after COVID, this would provide additional funding for Burnet CISD.
  • SB 88 would add $900 per pupil to the base allotment of funding each district receives and allow the base allotment to increase annually with inflation. This policy would increase funding in Burnet CISD while also decreasing the amount of recapture the District must send back to the State.
  • SB 176 would allow for vouchers that can be used by parents wishing to send their children to private schools. Decades of research have made clear that students using vouchers do not outperform their public school peers, and private schools do not have the same level of accountability as public schools. Vouchers would also take money out of public schools – creating greater funding problems.
 
I will continue to monitor legislation that would impact Burnet CISD, and provide you updates periodically. I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!
 
 

December 12, 2022

 

Good evening! The real countdown is on with three days before the Christmas Break, and the real bonus is that we get this Friday off as part of the break! My to-do list is getting a little shorter, and the Board Meeting tonight is getting crossed off that list. The Board of Trustees did meet this evening for their regular December Board Meeting. Included below are the most notable information and action items.

 

The pledges to the flags were led by the following Burnet Middle School students: JJ Guillen, Ava Alexander, and Hays Bennett.

 

The meeting kicked off by recognizing students of the month at Burnet High School. BHS Students of the Month for December are Elijah Tait and Karlie Buckley.

 

The Board recognized the 2022 Burnet CISD Christmas Card design winners which were selected from Shady Grove Elementary this year. They are:

First Place- Lorelei Ingram

Second Place- Addie Ringstaff

Third Place- Mia Clinton

 

BHS Senior Claire Teague was recognized for qualifying as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist for outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT. Claire scored in the top 50,000 out of 1.5 million applicants!

 

The Board recognized BHS students Aedan McLennan, Claire Teague, and Meredith Kizziar-Wright for earning the distinction as College Board Rural and Small Town Recognition Program Scholars. These students have received this recognition based on their remarkable academic achievements and outstanding performance on the PSAT and/or AP Exams.

 

The Board recognized the Esprit de Corps for qualifying the third straight year in a row for the UIL State Marching Contest held in San Antonio on November 9. The Esprit de Corps finished 12th overall out of over 200 4A bands in the State of Texas!

 

The Board recognized the following BHS Seniors who were named to the Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State Team. The THSCA Academic All-State Teams recognize high school athletes who excel in the following categories: GPA, class rank and ACT/SAT score.

 

Harlynn Roberts - 2nd Team

Lainey Rye - 2nd Team

McKenzie Davis - 2nd Team

Sadie Campbell - 2nd Team

Addie Grace Hernandez - Honorable Mention

Samantha Gaylord - Honorable Mention

 

The Board of Trustees held a public hearing for the annual financial and compliance report for 2021-2022. The audit was conducted by Eide Bailly, and the audit firm provided an unmodified opinion on the District’s financial statements which is the highest opinion possible. The Board approved the external audit report, and also approved assignments to fund balance to ensure funds are set aside and available for the required recapture payment and current year deficit.

 

Clay Goehring, Chief Financial Officer, provided an overview of the monthly financial reports, including the 2021 Bond Financial Report. In addition, Mr. Goehring reviewed the 2022-2023 Budget Development Calendar with the Board. The first Budget Workshop will be held on March 6, 2023. Kayla Earnshaw, Food Service Director, provided a status report on the Food Service budget, and highlights of the Community Eligibility Program which allows Burnet CISD to provide free lunches to elementary students. 

 

Bo Ledoux with Claycomb Associates, Architects and Calen Shearer with Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. provided a report to the Board of Trustees regarding the status of projects as part of the 2021 Bond Program. The handouts are attached for your information.

 

Assistant Superintendent Rachel Jones provided a report to the Board about the significant changes to available item types, test blueprints, and testing format in the Spring 2023 State of Texas Assessments for Academic Readiness.

 

The Board approved the hiring of Allie Hampton to serve as the interim principal at Quest High School for the spring semester. Ms. Hampton has experience as a principal of an alternative high school and DAEP program.  Recruitment for a permanent Quest HS principal will take place in the spring. Dr. Marvin’s last day with Burnet CISD will be this Thursday. Please join me in congratulating and wishing him the best as he takes on the role of Superintendent/Principal for Hallsburg ISD!

 

In other action, the Board approved:

  • Nominating Cary Johnson to fill an open seat on the Burnet Central Appraisal District Board of Directors.
  • A vendor for regular and diesel fuel.
  • The Assessment Performance Toward Proficiency in Languages as a Credit by Exam option.

 

The Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m., and the next Board Meeting will be January 16.

 

In closing, I have always been a fan of going to the movies. It was something we did as a family when I was growing up, and I have to admit that I LOVE popcorn from a movie theater. Within the last several years, I have found a new appreciation of classic movies, so it is not uncommon for my DVR to be recording an old movie from TCM. I especially enjoy the short openings the hosts provide as background to the feature movie. This time of the year, I have been watching classic Christmas movies and 3 (I am not counting “It’s a Wonderful Life” because you just have to watch it each Christmas) that I highly recommend to anyone include- “The Bishop’s Wife,” “Christmas in Connecticut,” and “The Shop Around the Corner.” There is something magical about this time of year, and I hope you find those moments of magic this holiday season. Whatever plans you have for the Christmas Break, I hope it is filled with family, friends, fellowship and time devoted to resting and recharging.  I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday, January 3!

 
 
December 5, 2022
Good morning! The countdown is on as we have 9 days until we wrap up the Fall Semester and head into Christmas break. There is still plenty of work to be done, but I want to encourage everyone to, as I call it, “get to zero” by the close of business on Thursday, December 15. To me that means having our short term to do lists at work wrapped up (or at least in a manageable place) so that we can all focus on the four dimensions of renewal (as described by Franklin Covey) over the holidays that include:
•    Body- Exercise, nutrition, rest, and stress management
•    Heart- Consistent deposits in key relationships
•    Mind- Reading, writing, learning, and study
•    Spirit- Service, values clarification, inspirational literature, meditation, and nature
 
When you take care of yourself, you shine brighter and can better serve our students.
 
The Employee Superintendent Advisory Council (ESAC) met last Monday, and during our meeting we reviewed some actions the District has taken regarding feedback on communication that was generated during our October ESAC meeting. Some of the actions include:
•    Athletic and Community events have been added to the District’s web calendar. In addition, campus calendars can be toggled on and off so that if someone wants to see all events on one calendar they may do so.
•    The web search link and the District social media links have been moved to the top banner of the web page for easier access. This will allow for a quick search of the web site or quick access to the District’s social media platforms.
•    A button to translate the web page to multiple languages has also been added to the top banner.
•    A Who to Call web page has been created under the District tab of the webpage to help people know the best person to call for different topics.
•    We will be adding texting capabilities for important or urgent campus and district communications to parents in 2023-2024.
•    Communications to parents are being delivered in Spanish and English with a note in Spanish for parents to look for the Spanish translation at the bottom of the message.
•    The District’s Leadership Team has met to review the importance of communicating to all stakeholders, and in the right order, so that everyone is empowered to answer questions.
•    The District is working on a system for teachers to share and highlight the outstanding things happening in classrooms.
•    The District’s Leadership Team reviewed the calendar for staff recognitions to ensure national recognition days are observed, and to clarify which days Burnet CISD will recognize. This is especially important because for some of our employees there is a national recognition month and national recognition day that are different. Burnet CISD has chosen one day to recognize in these situations.
 
In preparation to review feedback from campuses and departments solicited from ESAC members, the ESAC received an overview of the District’s budget and school calendar. This background information will help as we begin to discuss ways to address the feedback received. For example, there was feedback provided that there needed to be more staff holidays in the 23-24 school calendar. It is important for staff to know as we discuss this issue that we can do that, but that would cause us to start earlier or end later based on the rules we have to follow in developing the calendar. 
 
At our January meeting, we will review the District’s compensation and recruiting efforts and the strategic planning process. We will then dive into campus and department feedback and discuss actions taken and future actions to address the feedback. The good news is that 95% of the feedback was already being accounted for in one way or another in the Strategic Plan.  I look forward to providing you another update after our January meeting.  
 
Also last week, we brought together all of the members of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Action Planning Teams for one final meeting to review the overall draft of the Burnet CISD Strategic Plan. To give you a flavor of some of the “big rocks” that make up the plan, I have provided a few bullets describing actions for each strategy under each goal.
 
HIGHLY-EFFECTIVE CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
Goal: By 2028, 100% of Burnet CISD students will meet or exceed challenging academic expectations.
Strategy 1: Expand and implement a district-wide system for the effective use of high-quality instructional resources and evaluation tools.
•    Begin a formal evaluation of existing resources. 
•    Define “essential standards” and success criteria for subjects and courses. 
•    Develop curriculum guides.
•    Establish training expectations for Professional Learning Community (PLC).
•    Develop tools for Professional Learning Communities. 
•    Capture exemplar lessons linked to curriculum guides.
 
Strategy 2: Develop a district-wide system which cultivates engaged classrooms to promote student ownership of learning.
•    Develop a Learning and Teaching Model.
•    Create a two-year training plan. 
•    Develop and use peer observation tools. 
•    Research the classroom actions to promote student achievement and self-efficacy. 
•    Capture artifacts and examples of implementation of the Model.
•    Curate video resources.
 
Strategy 3: Develop a district-wide system to support data-informed instruction, intervention, and extension.
•    Train staff to utilize data for instructional decisions.
•    Create data analysis protocols. 
•    Implement instructional decision-making protocols informed by student data.
•    Define expectations for special programs decision-making.
•    Determine BCISD working definitions and staff roles within multi-tiered systems of support.
•    Curate programs and resources for extension activities to challenge students.
 
SCHOOL COMMUNITY SAFETY, SUPPORT, & WELL-BEING
Goal: By 2028, Burnet CISD will establish a safe and supportive environment focused on the well-being and connectedness of 100% of students, staff, and families.
Strategy 1: Develop a district-wide system to involve all students, staff, and families in creating and maintaining a safe and supportive school environment. 
•    Address safety concerns.
•    Create a Discipline Committee.
•    Create a Staff Recognition Committee.
•    Research a district-wide social-emotional learning curriculum.
 
Strategy 2: Develop a district-wide system to engage families, students, and staff in all aspects of student learning.
•    Form a district-wide Attendance Committee.
•    Begin assigning mentors for students with poor attendance.
•    Expand family engagement.
•    Begin developing communication plans.
 
STRATEGIC STAFFING
Goal: By 2028, Burnet CISD will attract, support, develop, and retain highly-effective staff for 100% of district positions.
Strategy 1: Expand the district-wide recruiting system to differentiate and elevate Burnet CISD in order to attract highly-effective staff.
•    Elevate Recruitment - Why Burnet?
•    Develop a “Grow Your Own” program.
•    Create a Burnet CISD Employee Profile.
 
Strategy 2: Develop a district-wide system to provide staff the support and opportunities to professionally grow and experience high levels of workplace satisfaction for retention.
•    Begin stay interviews.
•    Evaluate and communicate the purpose of non-student days.
•    Develop mentor programs. 
•    Create a Bulldog Connect program.
 
STUDENT FUTURE READINESS
Goal: By 2028, 100% of Burnet CISD students will be prepared to lead themselves to success and navigate life.
Strategy 1: Create a district-wide system to develop student life-ready skills.
•    Implement Leader-in-Me program.
•    Involve and educate families.
•    Expand Me-We-BCISD program.
 
Strategy 2: Develop a district-wide system to guarantee post-secondary readiness for every student.
•    Utilize college, career, and military readiness (CCMR) data.
•    Build a Community Connections program.
•    Implement student-led conferences.
•    Ensure coursework and career-technology education (CTE) programs lead to college and career readiness.

I want to thank everyone (70 people) that participated in the Strategic Planning process, but I especially want to thank our staff and students for investing so much time in the creation of an outstanding plan that will guide our work for the next 5 years.
 
Finally, as a reminder, Teacher of the Year nominations at each campus will close on December 7. Please take time to nominate an outstanding teacher on your campus today!
 
I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!
 
November 28, 2022
Good morning and welcome back from Thanksgiving Break! I hope you find today productive as you plan for the last three weeks of the third six weeks grading period and the end of the first semester.

The Board of Trustees will meet on December 12 for their Regular Board Meeting and the Annual Financial Report from the District’s auditors. Even given the challenges of the State’s underfunding of public education, inflation, and lower student enrollment growth, the District’s financial position is very strong.

At the December meeting, the Board will also receive a report on the 2023-2024 Budget Development Calendar. As I have shared with you in the past, when we begin the budget development process we always start with the two biggest rocks- staffing and compensation. Beginning in January, Burnet CISD will conduct a pay study with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), something we have done a on a regular basis the past 10 years.  The scope of work will include all employee base pay systems. TASB will evaluate our pay systems and practices and develop strategies and recommendations to achieve the most competitive compensation plan possible. That task will be more challenging this year than ever before given what I shared with you a couple of weeks ago about the lower enrollment growth. Given that this challenge is not unique to Burnet CISD, and is a trend across the State of Texas, we will be watching the Legislative Session carefully and advocating for an increase in the basic allotment for school districts.

Competitive compensation for employees is important, but so is a safe and supportive work environment. That is why there is an entire goal in the strategic plan that states, “By 2028, Burnet CISD will establish a safe and supportive environment focused on the well-being and connectedness of 100% of students, staff, and families.” Some of the topics this committee is talking about includes, student discipline, staff and student wellbeing, school safety and security, and effective communication among internal and external stakeholders. There is no easy button to magically address all of these issues, but the strategic planning committee is mapping out steps for us to take to help us accomplish this goal.

If you want to get in the Christmas spirit, there are plenty of opportunities in the next few weeks. Check out the District’s calendar https://www.burnetcisd.net/apps/events/2022/12/?id=0 for campus events like the BHS Tree Lighting and Choir Concert, and community events like the Nutcracker, Bertram Country Christmas, and Christmas on the Burnet Square. I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!
 
 
November 14, 2022
Good evening! To quote Charlie Brown: "We've got another holiday to worry about. It seems Thanksgiving Day is upon us." As much a Thanksgiving tradition as Lucy tricking that ol' blockhead into kicking the football, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving has regularly aired on broadcast television since 1973, but shockingly, not this year! This year, you can watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving for free from November 23rd through November 27th only on Apple TV+. I remember when I was growing up, we planned our calendar around all of the Charlie Brown specials, because they were each only shown once during the year on ABC.

Not that you need reminding, but Thanksgiving Break will be November 21-25 and Monday, November 28 is a professional development day. Classes will resume for students on Tuesday, November 29.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break full of food, family, friends, fellowship, football, and NAPS! I have to agree with Charlie Brown, "Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that's what they mean by 'Thanksgiving.'"

The Board of Trustees met on November 14, 2022 for their regular November Board Meeting. Included below are the most notable information and action items.
 
The pledges to the flags were led by the following Burnet Middle School students: Rayna Mclaughlin, Savannah Griffin, Jesus Sanchez, and Maddox Stark.
 
The meeting kicked off by recognizing students of the month at Burnet High School and Quest High School. BHS Students of the Month for November are Grace Everett, Caity Williams, and Kaylee Reyes. The Quest High School Student for October/November is Charlie Cantrell.
 
The Board recognized BHS students Hudson Bennett, Victor Aviles, and Asah Roy for qualifying for the UIL State Cross Country Meet on November 5th.  Hudson earned a bronze medal and Victor placed 22nd. Asah was unable to compete due to an injury.
 
The Board recognized BHS students Suri Torres and Tatum Salinas for earning the distinction as College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. The Board also recognized BHS students Sean Woods, Danielle Oakley, Hayden Brown, Grace Gates, Elijah Tait, Brett Nelson, Tatum Salinas, Jaxon Eason, and Kaycie Banton for earning the distinction as College Board Rural and Small Town Recognition Program Scholars. These students have received this recognition based on their remarkable academic achievements and outstanding performance on the PSAT and/or AP Exams.
 
CFO Clay Goehring provided the District financial reports, including the 2021 Bond Financial Report. 
 
Chris Collins with Claycomb Associates, Architects and Calen Shearer with Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. provided a report to the Board of Trustees regarding the status of projects as part of the 2021 Bond Program. The handouts are attached for your information. Click HERE.
 
Trent Smith with Zonda Education provided the District’s fall demographic report. As you may remember, the fast growth model projected last spring and summer did not hold true this fall.  In August, we shared that two major factors were causing this, home construction completion time frames and high interest rates. As part of the fall study, the demographer identified high interest rates as the primary cause of the slowdown in enrollment growth in Burnet CISD.  The high rates are forcing families to stay put in their current residence until the economy slows down and rates level off.  With this knowledge, the demographer is projecting low growth for Burnet CISD over the next 2 years.  After interest rates level off, student enrollment growth is expected to return to a “high growth” model. Enrollment growth impacts Burnet CISD in 2 major areas.  The first is facilities, and this “slow down” allows the District more time to increase student capacity.  It possibly will allow the District to prioritize additional renovations to existing facilities and/or the purchasing of buses or technology over new facilities in the next bond. The other impact is school funding.   Funding is based nearly 100% on student enrollment and attendance.  The low growth model will provide less funding in the next 2 years.  As we begin the budget development process in January, the District is going to have to make adjustments to account for lower revenue projections based on the slowdown in growth over the next two years. We are hopeful that the Legislature will raise the basic allotment for school districts across the State. Unfortunately, we won’t know whether or not that will happen until May.
Director of Transportation Josh Albro provided a report on the Transportation Department.  Included in the report was an update on staffing, the District’s fleet, and challenges the Department faces in the future, especially in the area of staffing bus drivers given the nationwide shortage.
 
Buffy Taylor, Gifted and Talented Coordinator provided the annual evaluation report of the District’s GT Program. An annual evaluation of the district’s GT program is required to comply with the State Plan. The report highlighted areas of strength and desired improvement found through the evaluation process for the 2021-2022 school year.
 
Superintendent Keith McBurnett provided a report on the status of the Strategic Planning Process. In the spring of 2022, the Administration engaged the Region 13 Service Center to lead the District’s Strategic Planning Process, and developed a timeline for the creation of a new Strategic Plan. The last Strategic Plan was approved in 2018, and was designed to be in place for approximately 5 years. 
 
While District Improvement Plans are required by statute, Strategic Planning is not required, but is considered a best practice. When in place, the Strategic Plan strongly informs the annual District Improvement Plan. On November 1 and 2 the Strategic Planning Steering Committee met to develop the foundational elements of the District’s Strategic Plan. The Steering Committee is comprised of staff, students, parents, community leaders, and business leaders. The foundational elements of the Strategic Plan are listed below.
 
Vision Statement
Burnet Consolidated ISD crafts an inspiring future which embodies spirit, pride, and honor with each student.
 
Mission Statement
Burnet Consolidated ISD, in partnership with our community, prepares all students for a successful future in an ever-changing world. We provide a safe, supportive, and welcoming learning environment and hold high expectations for continuous improvement. We promote the individual growth of each student through high-quality academics, character development, and well-rounded extra-curricular activities.
 
The Four Goals and connected Strategies include:
 
HIGHLY-EFFECTIVE CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
Goal: By 2028, 100% of Burnet CISD students will meet or exceed challenging academic expectations.
 
SCHOOL COMMUNITY SAFETY, SUPPORT, & WELL-BEING
Goal: By 2028, Burnet CISD will establish a safe and supportive environment focused on the well-being and connectedness of 100% of students, staff, and families.
 
STRATEGIC STAFFING
Goal: By 2028, Burnet CISD will attract, support, develop, and retain highly-effective staff for 100% of our district positions.
 
STUDENT FUTURE READINESS
Goal: By 2028, 100% of Burnet CISD students will be prepared to lead themselves to success and navigate life.
 
On November 7 and 8 the Action Planning Teams (one team per strand) comprised of Burnet CISD staff met to begin the process of mapping out activities toward accomplishing the listed Goals over the next 5 years. The goal is to have the Strategic Plan finalized in January 2023 for adoption by the Board of Trustees.  
 
The Board approved the Burnet Middle School 2022-2023 Targeted Improvement Plan. Under the 2019 State Accountability system, Burnet Middle School received the label of “Comprehensive Support” due to low STAAR performance and low academic growth of multiple student subpopulations. Comprehensive Support schools must show sufficient improvement for at least two consecutive years to exit monitoring status. BMS showed significant gain on STAAR scores in 2022 (the accountability system was put on hold in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic), accomplishing the first year towards exiting Comprehensive Support status. A major component of the State’s improvement process is the creation of a Targeted Improvement Plan (TIP) aligned to TEA’s Effective Schools Framework.
 
The Board approved the 2022 Burnet CISD Christmas Card design. Here is the artwork created by Shady Grove Elementary Second Grader Lorelei Ingram.
Christmas Card Design
 
Runners up in the Christmas Card design contest include: Second Place- Addie Ringstaff, 2nd Grade at Shady Grove Elementary & Third Place- Mia Clinton, 2nd Grade at Shady Grove Elementary.
 
The Board approved a new course offering at Burnet High School called Personal Financial Literacy and Economics.
 
The Board approved amendments to the District of Innovation Plan. The areas amended in the plan are: 
•    Ability to eject unruly/unwanted visitors without prior formal warning
•    Ability to rescind out-of-district transfer approvals mid-year in the event of major discipline or truancy issues
•    Ability to reduce the number of meetings of the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) to 2 annually unless more are needed
•    Ability to locally-certify teachers in high-need areas when traditional applicant pools are not present or have been exhausted. This would allow BCISD to compete with other districts hiring quality teachers-in-training. Important to note is that we cannot use flexibilities in federally-governed programs: Bilingual, ESL, Special Education.
 
The Board approved a utility easement to support a new gas and water line outside of the existing baseball field.
 
The Board approved the purchase of exterior doors and hardware to replace aging doors and hardware across the District.
 
Director of Facilities and Operations Charlie Goble has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2024. Because of the institutional knowledge Mr. Goble has regarding the District’s facilities, a transition plan has been developed to ensure continuity of leadership in this area. The Board approved the transition plan which includes Mr. Goble becoming a Project Manager beginning January 3, 2023 with oversight of all remaining bond projects and special construction projects. A Senior Director of Operations position will be posted this week with the goal of hiring a candidate to begin in January. The reorganized Operations Department will include: facilities, maintenance, custodial, grounds, and transportation. This will allow Mr. Goble and the Senior Director of Operations to work together over the next year and a half to ensure a smooth transition. The position of Project Manager will be eliminated in July 2024. 
 
The Meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m., and the next Board Meeting will be December 12. 
 
 
November 7, 2022
I had a conversation with another superintendent last Thursday, and when he heard that we were going through the strategic planning process he said, "I wish we could do that, but we are too busy." I agree, we are all busy, and it is challenging to carve out the time needed to involve so many stakeholders in developing plans for the future, but I also know that we HAVE to make the time to plan for the future. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
 
Last week, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee met to develop the foundational elements of the District’s Strategic Plan. The Steering Committee is comprised of staff, students, parents, community leaders, and business leaders. I especially want to thank our staff and students for their contribution to our planning process. During the two days, the Steering Committee developed the foundational elements of the District’s Strategic Plan, and those elements are listed below.
 
Vision Statement
Burnet Consolidated ISD crafts an inspiring future which embodies spirit, pride, and honor with each student.
 
Mission Statement
Burnet Consolidated ISD, in partnership with our community, prepares all students for a successful future in an ever-changing world. We provide a safe, supportive, and welcoming learning environment and hold high expectations for continuous improvement. We promote the individual growth of each student through high-quality academics, character development, and well-rounded extra-curricular activities.
 
The four Strategic Planning Goals and connected Strategies include:
 
HIGHLY-EFFECTIVE CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
Goal: By 2028, 100% of Burnet CISD students will meet or exceed challenging academic expectations.
·       Strategy 1: Expand and implement a district-wide system for the effective use of high-quality instructional resources and evaluation tools.
·       Strategy 2: Develop a district-wide system which cultivates engaged classrooms to promote student ownership of learning.
·       Strategy 3: Develop a district-wide system to support data-informed instruction, intervention, and extension.
 
SCHOOL COMMUNITY SAFETY, SUPPORT, & WELL-BEING
Goal: By 2028, Burnet CISD will establish a safe and supportive environment focused on the well-being and connectedness of 100% of students, staff, and families.
·       Strategy 1: Develop a district-wide system to involve all students, staff, and families in creating and maintaining a safe and supportive school environment.
·       Strategy 2:  Implement a guaranteed and viable district-wide character development system.
·       Strategy 3: Develop a district-wide system to engage families, students, and staff in all aspects of student learning.
 
STRATEGIC STAFFING
Goal: By 2028, Burnet CISD will attract, support, develop, and retain highly-effective staff for 100% of our district positions.
·       Strategy 1:  Expand the district-wide recruiting system to differentiate and elevate Burnet CISD in order to attract highly-effective staff.
·       Strategy 2: Develop a district-wide system to provide staff the support and opportunities to professionally grow, positively engage with one another, and experience high levels of workplace satisfaction for retention.
 
STUDENT FUTURE READINESS
Goal: By 2028, 100% of Burnet C.I.S.D. students will be prepared to lead themselves to success and navigate life.
·       Strategy 1: Create a district-wide system to develop student life—ready skills.
·       Strategy 2: Develop a district-wide system to guarantee post-secondary readiness for every student.
 
This week, Burnet CISD staff members will begin the process of developing specific activities that will lead towards accomplishing the strategies and goals over the next 5 years.
 
Dr. Rachel Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction is leading the development process for the 2023-2024 school year calendar. The process is always challenging as we attempt to meet the needs of the entire school community, but next year’s calendar is especially challenging because of factors like: a leap year, early Easter, early Memorial Day, and a total eclipse of the sun (Ask your Campus DAC member why this is so challenging). Last week, Dr. Jones met with the District Advisory Committee to review a draft calendar. Your campus representative will be sharing the draft with you and requesting your feedback during this month. Please take time to provide feedback on the draft calendar.
 
Finally, there are several Burnet CISD staff members who currently serve or have served in one of the branches of the military including: Air Force and Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Army and Army Reserve, Army National Guard, Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve, Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve, Navy and Navy Reserve. This Friday, we recognize, celebrate, and honor all Veterans who have served our great country, but we especially say thank you to our Burnet CISD staff members who answered the call to service.
 
I hope everyone has a great week!
 
 
October 31, 2022
Good Morning and Happy Halloween!
I am still trying to recover from my Friday fright courtesy of Abby and Mendy! Some of you have shared with me that you have especially enjoyed watching my reaction in slow motion, over and over and over again. Which seems a little disturbing to me, but…
 
Tomorrow, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee comprised of staff, students, parents and community members will meet for two straight days with the goal of affirming and establishing the mission, vision, and beliefs of the District, along with developing goals focused on the following areas:
 
HIGHLY-EFFECTIVE CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION:
• High-Quality Instructional Resources and Assessments
• Data-Informed Instruction
 
STRATEGIC STAFFING
• Recruit
• Develop and Retain
 
SCHOOL COMMUNITY SAFETY, SUPPORT, AND WELL-BEING
• Students
• Staff
• Family and Community Partnerships
 
STUDENT FUTURE READINESS
• Post-Secondary Readiness
• Student Life-ready Skills
 
Through this process we want to define the most important work that the District should engage in over the next 5 years. At the same time, we will also be discussing those things we need to stop doing as a District. We recognize there is only so much room on everyone’s “plate,” so we have to ensure that we spend our time on only the most impactful work towards Crafting the Future. I have been serving on a superintendent advisory committee with the Texas Education Agency during the past year to discuss their yet to be released Effective District Framework, and this past Friday, a big part of the feedback I provided to TEA is that they need to stop overloading school districts with mandatory to-do lists that are not always aligned with our true work.
 
I look forward to sharing with you the outcomes of the planning process over the next two months. The goal is for the plan to be adopted by the Board in January with initial implementation of some parts of the plan beginning in the spring.
 
As a reminder, Early Voting continues this week through Friday. The polling locations are open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day except for Thursday when the hours are extended to be open 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please take time to vote and have your voice heard.  
 
Congratulations to the BHS FFA Environmental and Natural Resources Team (Jordon Erickson, Helaina Weiss, Karley Denton, and Jaxon Eason) for earning a 6th Place finish at Nationals! The Lady Dawgs Volleyball team will begin the first round of playoffs tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in Copperas Cove against Waco Robinson. Members of our Cross Country Team including Hudson Bennett, Victor Aviles, and Asah Roy will be competing in the State Cross Country Meet this Friday in Round Rock beginning at 8:30 a.m., and over the weekend, the Esprit de Corps punched their ticket to the UIL State Marching Contest scheduled for Wednesday, November 9 by taking 3rd Place in the UIL Area D Marching Contest. There are lots of great things happening in Burnet CISD! Congratulations to our students, and thank you to our coaches, directors, sponsors, and advisors for their work and effort to put our students in a position to be so successful!
 
I hope you find today productive as our focus turns to the 3rd six weeks grading period. Have a great week!
 
 
October 24, 2022
Good morning and Happy Red Ribbon Week! I look forward to seeing everyone’s neon clothing, college shirts, senior citizen getups, crazy outfits, and your green, white, and black this week! These are fun themes with a serious message of educating our students about the dangers of drug use.
 
The U.S. will hold its midterm elections on November 8. In Texas, voters will elect officials for seven statewide seats — governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner, comptroller and one of three seats on the Railroad Commission.
 
In addition, in Burnet County voters will have the opportunity to elect seats for the US House District 31, Texas State Senate District 24, Texas House District 19, and State Board of Education District 10. Burnet County is guaranteed to have a new State Senator and a new State Representative in November, just in time for the upcoming Legislative Session that will kick off in January. With $27 billion in surplus funds up for grabs during the upcoming state budget planning, we need to make sure the people that are representing Burnet County make public education and funding for public education a priority.
 
Early voting runs from today to November 4, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Please take time to vote, and have your voice heard.
 
Bonfire 2022 will be held on Thursday, October 27 at Burnet High School. Festivities will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the lighting of the fire will take place at 7:00 p.m. The Bonfire will wrap up by 8:00 p.m. Here are some important reminders about Bonfire 2022:
  • The Green Mile will be closed the evening of the Bonfire beginning at 5:30 P.M.
  • Parking is permitted at designated parking spaces at Burnet Middle School, Bulldog Stadium and RJ Richey Elementary.
  • Access to Burnet High School will be via 3rd Street and the Bus Lane that runs between 963 and 3rd Street.
  • Parking will not be permitted along 3rd Street.
  • Bonfire 2022 is a District event held on District property. All District and school rules will apply.
  • I hope everyone will join us in celebrating everything Spirit, Pride, and Honor.
 
Finally, as I have shared with you previously, Burnet CISD has been audited twice this school year by the Texas School Safety Center, and in both audits we have had no findings. I want to thank our entire staff for your efforts in making our campuses a safe place to work and learn. School safety is a priority that truly takes everyone working together, and your focus and efforts on school safety are truly appreciated.
 
I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Go Bulldogs and Lady Dawgs!
 
 
October 17, 2022

Last Monday was the first meeting of the Employee Superintendent Advisory Committee (ESAC). As a reminder, every campus and department is represented by two people on the committee. In addition to reviewing the mission and guidelines for the committee, we spent time discussing actions the District could take to improve communication. My leadership team is in the process of reviewing feedback and working on addressing the actionable items. I look forward to sharing with you some of those actions in the future.

 

Our next meeting is scheduled for November 28. Between now and then, if there is a district-wide issue that you think needs to be addressed, please communicate it to one of your representatives along with a possible solution. The ESAC is a solution-seeking committee focused on district-wide concerns. So that you know for sure who your representatives are, I have listed their names below.

 

BHS

Dawn Shanks

Jennifer Roberie

 

QHS

Todd Overstreet

Kimberly Headrick

 

BMS

Brian Simmons

Priscilla Reardon

 

Bertram

Brittany Arrasmith

Cynthia 'Teresa' Sanchez

 

RJR

Kristina Bailey

Kendra Davis

 

SGE

Kiva Pitts

Lori Wilson

 

Food Service

Kali Edwards

Jodi Wagner

 

Transportation

Brian Gilmore*

Amber Moffett

 

Facilities & Operations

Johnnel Mosley

Yolanda Mendoza

 

Central Office

Ryan Morris

Sandra Garrett 

 

The Board of Trustees met this evening for their regular October Board Meeting. As is the tradition, the October Board Meeting was held at Bertram Elementary. Included below are the most notable information and action items.

 

Prior to the Board Meeting, the Board held a hearing to discuss the District’s financial accountability rating. Burnet CISD scored a Superior Rating, the highest rating possible with a perfect score of 100. Burnet CISD has received a Superior Rating every year that the Texas Education Agency has released financial ratings.

 

The pledges to the flags were led by the following Bertram Elementary students: Hector Cruz, Thomas Sparks, Jonas Ramirez, Rachel Bowman, Addy Weston, and Daryn Fite.

 

The meeting kicked off by recognizing students of the month at Burnet High School. BHS Students of the Month for October are Tanner O’Hair and Lainey Rye. These students were selected from the English Department.

 

CFO Clay Goehring provided the District financial reports, including the 2021 Bond Financial Report.

 

Chris Collins with Claycomb Associates, Architects and Calen Shearer with Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. provided a report to the Board of Trustees regarding the status of projects as part of the 2021 Bond Program.

 

Michele Gilmore, Director of Human Resources, provided a report on the Human Resources Department. The report highlighted that Burnet CISD is a leader in the Hill Country for teacher pay and leads the Hill Country in benefits for all employees. The District’s current teacher experience average is 12.4 years. The state average is 11 years. In addition, the BCISD fill-rate of substitutes when teachers are absent is currently above most districts in the entire region, likely due to campus efforts to provide a welcoming, supportive environment and District efforts to provide creative work incentives.

 

Each campus principal presented a summary of major areas of focus for the year as a follow-up to the approval in August of Campus Improvement Plans. They included areas of identified needs as well as plans to support staff to accomplish goals.

 

Dr. Rachel Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Burnet CISD, provided the Board a report on feedback the District has received toward the creation of a Burnet High School Graduate Profile. The Board had the opportunity to provide its own feedback on characteristics and traits it felt important to be included on a Graduate Profile. Because of the strong connection between the two, the Graduate Profile is being developed in coordination with the Strategic Planning Process.

 

In preparation for the 88th Legislative Session for the State of Texas, which will convene on January 10, 2023, the Board approved Legislative Priorities in order to guide discussions with State Representatives. Burnet CISD Legislative Priorities include four priorities focused on local control, teacher shortage, education funding, and charter schools & vouchers.

 

Due to the alarming rise of overdoses and deaths associated with fentanyl among young people (the age group of 15-24 makes up nearly 10% of all deaths involving opioids), the Board approved revisions to Local Policy FFAC which deals with Wellness and Health Services: Medical Treatment. The revisions permit the purchase, storing, and administration of opioid antagonist medications on campuses. An unassigned prescription will be provided by a partnering physician, which will allow for the use of an opioid antagonist on campus for anyone suspected of an opioid related drug overdose.

 

As part of the 2021 Bond Program, the Board approved the vendor to replace the sound system at the Burnet High School auditorium. The Board had previously approved a new lighting system and a new curtain system.

 

The Board also approved for Superintendent Keith McBurnett to serve as a facilitator for Region 13’s Texas Superintendent Certification Institute.

 

The next Board Meeting will be November 14. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

 

 

 
October 10, 2022
I know most of you are going to be engaged today in the second part of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People training. When I went through the training, I especially appreciated the opportunity to revisit and reflect on what it means to Sharpen the Saw. One of Covey’s quotes in the manual is, “Habit 7 is preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have- you. It’s about nurturing the goose that lays the golden eggs, which is the essence of effectives.” You are better at everything you do, when you take time to Sharpen the Saw!
 
Last Monday, I was thrilled to have over 30 people in attendance, with many of them being parents and community members, for our Strategic Planning Town Hall Meeting. Dr. Jones shared with the group that we have deliberately paired the development of a Graduate Profile with the development of a Strategic Plan because they are clearly connected. The attendees that night provided feedback regarding a Graduate Profile, and I wanted to share with you the characteristics that were generated. These were the graduate characteristics that at least 20% of attendees expressed agreement in:
 
•    Educated/Academic achievement
•    Strong communication skills- written and verbal
•    Well spoken
•    Articulate
•    Critical thinker
•    Well-rounded (experience in multiple things- had opportunity)
•    Zeal to continually learn
•    Motivated
•    Receptive to feedback
•    Hard working
•    Driven
•    Confident
•    Teachable
•    Team player
•    Collaborative skills
•    Promote teamwork
•    Compassion
•    Empathy
•    Involved in community
•    Respectful
•    Polite/Well mannered
•    Approachable
•    Team player
•    Respectful/Courteous/Manners
•    Integrity
•    Spirit, pride, honor
•    Honest
•    Grit and resilience
•    Ability to fail and learn
•    Social skills
•    Problem solving skills
•    Conflict resolution- proactive
•    Common Sense
•    Time management
•    Technology Skills
•    Initiative
•    Lead by example (can demonstrate/provide scenarios)
•    Financial knowledge
•    Satisfied with a job well done 

I will be providing you updates of our Strategic Planning and Graduate Profile Development Process over the next several weeks, especially as the Steering Committee begins to meet at the first of November. I have also created a webpage where updates will be provided. You can access it at the following link: Strategic Planning 2022.
 
This Friday represents the end of the 9th week of school which means that a quarter of the school year will be completed. Is anyone else’s mind blown by that!? Our Business Office develops budget amendments for the Board to review and approve each quarter. The district, campuses, and departments all start out with an initial budget plan, and then make adjustments to the plan throughout the year. It is a great practice for all of us to engage in throughout the year to make sure our plan is working like we thought it would. Some questions to ask yourself each quarter might include:
 
  • What accomplishments are you most proud of?
  • Which goals did you meet? Which goals fell short?
  • What do you need to stop doing? What do you need to start doing?
  •  What do I do for myself daily, and why is it important?
 
Finally, October has been designated as National Principals Month. This month, take a minute to show your appreciation to our amazing campus principals!
 
 
October 3, 2022
Almost everybody has a favorite teacher, someone who went above and beyond to encourage you because they could see your potential. On Wednesday, October 5, join us in taking time to celebrate World Teachers’ Day — a global event launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994. Considering that teachers mold future generations, taking one day every year to say “thank you” is the least we can do.  We have a special treat for our teachers on Wednesday- you’ll have to see what pops up on your campus!
 
Tonight is the Strategic Planning Town Hall Meeting that will be held at the Burnet High School Library from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. One of the areas of focus during our time tonight, and during the strategic planning process, is to develop a graduate profile for Burnet CISD.  Unlike a mission or vision statement, a graduate profile is a document that a district uses to specify the cognitive, personal, and interpersonal competencies that students should have when they graduate. In thinking about the 7 Habits, it is only appropriate to start with the end in mind- the profile of a BHS graduate, as we develop strategic plans to make that profile a reality.
 
Next Monday is the first meeting of the Employee Superintendent Advisory Committee. I want to say thank you to those staff members that have agreed to serve and represent your campus, department, or building. Our first meeting will focus on reviewing the committee’s purpose and process. In the future, these representatives will be seeking direct feedback from you.
 
Since 2020, I have been committed to the goal of reading at least one biography of every US President, and today I am in the process of reading the biography of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States. I have found this project insightful in many ways. For one, it is amazing how often history has repeated itself or at least rhymes with what is happening today. I have also found that even our earliest Presidents saw the importance of free, public education for all. Lincoln is quoted as saying, “I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” Unfortunately, there are leaders in our state that are pushing for a voucher system that would divert public tax dollars to private entities, homeschooled students, or parents with little or no academic or financial accountability or transparency to the state, taxpayers, or local communities. These leaders are pushing a voucher agenda, when they have failed to adequately fund the public schools of Texas. The next Legislative Session begins in January, and I will be sharing more with you in the future about the Burnet CISD Legislative Priorities. Opposing vouchers will most definitely be on that list. 
 
As a reminder, Monday, October 10 is a professional development day, and most staff will be participating in part 2 of training on the 7 Habits to include: Think Win Win; Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood; Synergize; and Sharpen the Saw. I had the opportunity to go through the training last week, and I found it very meaningful as I reflected on the Habits in my personal life and work role. I hope you will enjoy spending time investing in yourself next Monday.
Thank you to everyone for being the light for each other and our students. I hope everyone has a great week ahead. You were born to shine!
 
 
September 26, 2022
How is it already the second six weeks grading period?! The good news is that we should start to feel the cooler weather of fall soon (Maybe). The not so good news is that we sometimes start to feel the impact of the “fall wall” during this six-weeks grading period. The luster of the new school year has worn off, while discipline issues, emails, and phone calls are growing. As I shared with you during convocation, I want to encourage you to find ways to take care of yourself first, and then support those around you. Although there is no one solution toward addressing the “fall wall,” recognizing that it is on the horizon and is a normal phenomenon in education, can make it a little easier to manage.
 
Many of you have heard me share the following story before, but it is worth repeating. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy visited NASA for the first time. During his tour of the facility, he met a custodian who was carrying a broom down the hallway. The President then casually asked the custodian what he did for NASA, and the janitor replied, “I’m helping put a man on the moon.”
 
It is clear from this interaction that the NASA custodian knew the purpose of his work. Similar to the NASA custodian, our custodians keep our buildings clean so that teachers don’t have to worry about spending their time on trashcans, bathrooms, or hallways. Instead, they can keep their focus on CRAFTING the FUTURE with our students. It really does take all of us working together and doing our part to educate our students. This Friday, September 30, Burnet CISD will observe Custodian Appreciation Day. One way to make their jobs easier is to have students pick up trash off the floor after each class period and at the end of the day. Please join me in providing that assistance and recognizing the outstanding contributions of our custodians.
 
Finally, I want to provide a brief update from our discussion about managing the locking of all interior doors. Based on stakeholder feedback, we are in the process of getting pricing for adding additional prox card readers for specific doors at campuses, including at all libraries. In addition, we have ordered a sample wireless doorbell with a light that we will be piloting to support areas like band halls, gyms, choir rooms, and dance rooms. As we finalize the fencing of playgrounds at RJ Richey Elementary and Shady Grove Elementary, we will be adding crash bars to selected gates to facilitate the evacuation of playgrounds if needed. Based on the bids we will receive, we are still on track to hopefully approve a vendor at the November Board Meeting that will add prox card access to all interior doors across the District. As a reminder, this project likely won't be completed until August 2023.  
     
I hope everyone has a great week ahead! You were born to shine!
 
 
September 19, 2022
Good evening! Happy Start with Hello Week as we raise awareness about Sandy Hook Promise's mission to educate and empower youth and adults to prevent violence in schools, homes and communities by reducing social isolation and boosting empathy and belonging. 
 
It is hard to believe, but the first six weeks grading period wraps up on Friday. As a reminder, Monday, September 26 is a student holiday and professional development day for staff. All classes will resume a normal schedule on Tuesday, September 27.   
 
The Board of Trustees met this evening for their regular August Board Meeting. Included below are the most notable information and action items.
The pledges to the flags were led by the following RJ Richey Elementary students: Blu Marshall, Landry Davis, Aubree Guenter, Skyla Davis, and Remi Grace Evans.
The meeting kicked off with recognizing students of the month at Burnet High School and Quest High School.
 
Burnet High School Students of the Month for September are Brett Nelson and Jennifer Suarez. These students were selected from the Math department.
 
The Quest High School Student of the Month for August/September is Ava Viergutz.
 
The Burnet CISD Board of Trustees has created an annual award to be given to any Burnet CISD staff member or board member who exemplifies Spirit, Pride, and Honor through their actions, words, and volunteerism. The honoree, through the way they live their life, will demonstrate to others what it means to make Spirit, Pride, and Honor come to life.
  
The inaugural recipient of the award is Board President Andy Feild, and from this day forward the award will be named the, “Andy Feild Spirit, Pride, and Honor Award of Distinction.”
 
Andy Feild is the epitome of Spirit, Pride, and Honor. As a Burnet High School student, Andy was selected by the faculty as the 1965-1966 Best All Around Male Student. Participation in extra-curricular activities along with his scholastic achievement were some of the factors considered when the faculty selected him. Andy served as a captain on the football team and as the president of the FFA. He was also in the cast of the One Act Play. Fast forward to 1997 when Andy began serving on the Burnet CISD Board of Trustees. Andy has served on the Board for 25 years, and has served as President of the Board since 2005. Burnet CISD is the District it is today because of Andy’s life-long commitment to the District and to Spirit, Pride, and Honor.
 
CFO Clay Goehring provided the District financial reports, including the 2021 Bond Financial Report. 
 
Chris Collins with Claycomb Associates, Architects and Calen Shearer with Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. provided a report to the Board of Trustees regarding the status of projects as part of the 2021 Bond Program. The monthly 2021 Bond Program Updates can be found HERE.
  
The Board approved the 2022-2023 Superintendent Evaluation Instrument that will be used to conduct the annual summative evaluation. At the September 6 Special Board Meeting, the Board conducted the 2021-2022 superintendent summative evaluation. Following the evaluation, the Board approved a contract extension of one year to June 30, 2026, and a 2.5% pay increase. 
 
The Board approved a series of vendors for work and or products based on bids submitted as part of advertised requests for proposals. The approvals include:
•    A vendor to provide district-wide concrete paving and block work for the 22-23 fiscal year
•    A vendor to provide district-wide painting work for the 22-23 fiscal year
•    A vendor to provide district-wide flooring work for the 22-23 fiscal year
•    Purchase of Burnet High School Stage Curtain
 
Finally, we are preparing to honor the tenth set of inductees to the Burnet CISD Hall of Honor, but we need your help. Nominations are being accepted for the Hall of Honor and can be submitted electronically by clicking HERE. In February, we will honor four individuals in the following categories: Distinguished Burnet High School Graduate, Distinguished Burnet High School Athlete, Distinguished Former School Board Member and Distinguished Former Employee. We are looking for nominations of individuals that have not only brought great honor to themselves, but they have also brought great honor to Burnet CISD.
 
 
September 6, 2022
I saw this quote sometime last year, and it has really stuck with me: “Too many people think the grass is greener somewhere else, but the grass is green where you water it.” I know I wake up every morning choosing to be in Burnet CISD, and making it a goal to water the grass HERE each day. That is what continuous improvement is all about.
 
To that end, I want to invite you to participate in the newly formed Burnet CISD Employee Superintendent Advisory Committee. The ESAC is an elected representative advisory group that will work with the Superintendent and on behalf of the campus or department the individual represents. ESAC will meet once a month with the Superintendent to present information and make recommendations regarding issues of importance to Burnet CISD. The mission of the ESAC is to provide a forum for communicating ideas and information between employees and the Superintendent.
 
More specifically, the ESAC will:
·       Act in an advisory capacity on issues of concern to all staff,
·       Work to improve general communication amongst staff,
·       Gather input from staff and make recommendations on guidelines/procedures, and
·       Provide a safe place for staff to express concerns and share ideas.
 
The ESAC is not a complaint session, but a way to find solutions to common issues. Each member will be challenged to have at least one possible idea of how to resolve an issue, if they present an issue.
 
Regular ESAC monthly meetings will be held on the dates specified below in the Board Room, beginning at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise notified.
 
·       No meeting in September
·       October 10, 2022
·       November 28, 2022
·       No meeting in December
·       January 3, 2023
·       February 20, 2023
·       March 20, 2023
·       April 10, 2023
·       No meeting in May
 
The ESAC will have 20 formal members, with a mixture of non-exempt staff (hourly) and exempt staff. Representatives should be full time employees and have worked for Burnet CISD for at least one year. The representatives will serve for two years. Administrators are not considered for ESAC.
 
Campus and Department Representatives
·       Burnet High School (1 Exempt Staff Member, 1 Non-Exempt Staff Member)
·       Quest High School (1 Exempt Staff Member, 1 Non-Exempt Staff Member)
·       Burnet Middle School (1 Exempt Staff Member, 1 Non-Exempt Staff Member)
·       Bertram Elementary (1 Exempt Staff Member, 1 Non-Exempt Staff Member)
·       RJ Richey Elementary (1 Exempt Staff Member, 1 Non-Exempt Staff Member)
·       Shady Grove Elementary (1 Exempt Staff Member, 1 Non-Exempt Staff Member)
·       Transportation Department (2 Staff Members)
·       Facilities and Operations Department (2 Staff Members)
·       Food Service Department (2 Staff Members)
·       Central Office (1 Exempt Staff Member, 1 Non-Exempt Staff Member)
 
In the month of September, each campus and department listed will accept nominations for the ESAC. If there are more than one nomination for each position, then the campus or department will hold elections to select the representatives. If you are interested in serving on the ESAC, please let your Principal or Director know. Individuals are permitted to self-nominate or nominate someone they feel would be a good representative for their campus or department. All nominations and elections will be finalized by September 30, and elected representatives will be communicated further details about upcoming meetings.
 
Thank you for your consideration in serving on the ESAC, and helping to water the grass in Burnet CISD!
 
I hope everyone has a fabulous rest of the week. Go Bulldogs and Lady Dawgs during this Homecoming Week!
 
 
August 29, 2022
Good evening! I am writing to you a little later in the day than normal because I wanted to include a recap of the August Board Meeting which was held this evening.
 
The Board Meeting in August always has a strong focus on budget and tax rate with the new fiscal year beginning on September 1 of each year. The August Meeting kicked off with a Budget and Proposed Tax Rate Hearing being presented by CFO Clay Goehring.
 
In six different, but inter-connected actions, the Board approved a $45.8 million budget for the 2022-2023 school year, and a tax rate of $1.0596 to support the budget, which is 1.74 cents lower than the 2021-2022 tax rate. This approval represents the 7th year in a row of the Board voting to lower the tax rate. Between 2015 and 2022, the Board of Trustees has lowered the tax rate by over 27 cents, resulting in the lowest tax rate in the District's history and also ranking Burnet CISD as the second-lowest tax rate among area school districts. The overall budget increased because of the 3% pay increase and a multi-million dollar increase to the Recapture paid to the State.
 
The Board also approved budget amendments and the assignment of fund balance to close out the current fiscal year on August 31.
 
In a step to prepare the District for the future, the Board approved paying off early $2.75 million in bonds. This action is called a defeasance and it provides interest cost savings as well as increases capacity and flexibility for the District to address future facility needs. The District’s last defeasance was in 2020.
 
Mr. Goehring provided the District financial reports, including the 2021 Bond Financial Report.
 
Chris Collins with Claycomb Associates, Architects and Calen Shearer with Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. provided a report to the Board of Trustees regarding the status of projects as part of the 2021 Bond Program. As a reminder, specific Bond Program Updates are published each month and can be found at the 2021 Bond link located at www.burnetcisd.net.
 
The Board approved the District Goals along with District and Campus Improvement Plans for the 2022-2023 school year. The goals include:
 
Goal 1: Burnet Consolidated ISD will implement a comprehensive, challenging course of study that addresses the individual and diverse needs of learners while preparing all students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in an ever-changing world.
 
Goal 2: Burnet Consolidated ISD will implement a safe and positive culture of spirit, pride, and honor for all staff and students.
 
Goal 3: Burnet Consolidated ISD will recruit, retain, and support quality educators.
 
Goal 4: Burnet Consolidated ISD will build a collaborative relationship that actively engages our district, families, and communities.
 
Finally, the Board approved revisions to Local Policy DC providing the Superintendent with hiring authority for all contractual personnel except for the following positions which the Board retains final authority: Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Principals, and any Director in a position for which State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) is required. This will help to ensure that recruitment and hiring efforts are not delayed for critical teaching vacancies due to the Board meeting monthly.
 
On a more personal note related to the Board Meeting, President Andy Feild was not able to attend the meeting because he is undergoing treatment for a recent cancer diagnosis. Please keep Andy and his family in your prayers. Also, Vice President Angela Moore was not able to attend the meeting because her mother passed away on Sunday. Please keep Angela and her family in your prayers.
 
The Board will meet next on Tuesday, September 6 to conduct the Superintendent’s Annual Summative Evaluation.
 
Our enrollment has continued to increase and is at 3,275 students as of Friday. Even with the increase, the student enrollment is lagging behind demographic projections that were utilized to estimate revenue and to staff classrooms.  The District staffed on a "Fast" growth model (3,450 students) and projected revenue on the "Moderate" growth model (3,317 students). Since the District's funding is based on enrollment, the smaller, actual enrollment (42 fewer students) causes a reduction in revenue of $400,000 from what the District budgeted. We will continue to monitor enrollment closely and look for savings as we live the 2022-2023 school year and budget.
 
As a reminder, Monday, September 5 is a staff and student holiday. I hope everyone enjoys the three-day weekend! Tuesday, September 6 is a professional development day. The morning will be spent in professional development sessions, while the afternoon will be spent addressing professional work needs to include one or more of the following: review of rostered students’ accommodations, collaborative planning for upcoming instructional units, parent communication, and grade refinement and entry.
 
It is earlier than normal, but Homecoming Week will take place next week. The Homecoming Parade will take place on Thursday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m. on the Historic Square. Of course, you have to wrap up your Homecoming Week by coming out Friday and watching the Burnet Lady Dawgs take on Johnson City at 4:30 p.m. and the Burnet Bulldogs take on the Brownwood Lions at 7:30 p.m. The bonfire traditionally held during Homecoming Week will take place on Thursday, October 27 before Senior Night on Friday, October 28.
 
Finally, next week is National Substitute Appreciation Week. We are thankful for those individuals that fill the critical role of substitutes! I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!
 
 
August 22, 2022
Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and you were able to catch up on some rest. As you know, there is no kind of tired like the first week of school tired, but a slightly shorter week did help a little. Thank you to all of our staff for making the first week of school a success!
 
Our enrollment has improved since the first day of school, and as of Friday it was at 3,240 students. That still puts us behind our projected and planned enrollment, but we will continue to monitor enrollment for the typical growth that takes place between now and the snapshot date in October. 
 
The Board will meet next week on Monday, August 29 for its Regular August Board Meeting. A big focus of this meeting will be on approving the District’s budget and tax rate for the upcoming school year. The Board will also be approving District Goals and District/Campus Improvement Plans.
 
FYI- Friday is Women's Independence Day to commemorate the ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote.
 
Thank you for everyone’s help in making sure doors and gates are closed and locked throughout the school day. This is just one part of our comprehensive school safety and security plan. I received notification late last week that Region 13 has been charged by TEA with conducting 574 School Safety “Intruder Detection Audits” between September 1st and May 30th. The Texas School Safety Center will determine the schedule for the audits. It has been shared with me that prior to the audit, a coordinator will speak directly to me about the process. School districts will be given a 10-day window for the audit, but not told which campuses will be checked. Some of the details of audit include:
 
  • On the day of the visit, you can expect the inspector to be in “everyday attire.”
  • Once the person arrives on the designated campus, he or she will check three (3) exterior doors to attempt entry.
  • If the “intruder” can get in, he or she will then observe or try a few classroom doors if you have an all doors locked policy.
  • If the “intruder” is stopped, he or she will identify as a safety inspector and will have a Region 13 ID badge plus a matching ID.
  • He or she will then proceed directly to your school office and ask to meet with the campus contact.
  • If the intruder is not able to get in through exterior doors, he or she will enter the campus as a visitor.
  • The contact will then be asked to show the campus weekly door sweep records. This indicator will receive a “yes” or “no” – they either have it or they don’t.
  • If the campus does not “pass” a corrective action plan will likely be required. No further details on that are currently available.
 
The day before the first day of school I posted the following on Facebook and wanted to make sure you had seen it:
 
Today, we pray for teachers. There is a national shortage of teachers, and more teachers are leaving the profession than what university preparation programs are able to produce. Teachers have a very challenging job, and I know that they show up every day wanting to make a difference in the lives of young people, doing their best job possible. As an organization, we sometimes make mistakes or miss the mark, but we are committed to addressing concerns or issues proactively. If you have a question or concern, please reach out to the appropriate teacher, principal or other campus administrator directly so that the question or concern can be addressed. 

Our theme this year is, “You Were Born to Shine,” and my challenge to staff is to be the light for each other and for our students, and their parents. During a time in which it has become too easy to get on social media and criticize or attack, I want to encourage us all to do what Wayne W. Dyer encourages, and that is, “See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.” The light shines brightly in our teachers!

If the forecast holds up, it looks like we are in for some rain and cooler weather this week. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
 
 
August 15, 2022
Good morning! It is about to get real, real. Students will report back to school this Wednesday, and if you are like me, even though this will be my 29th first day of school as an educator, I still get nervous and excited. I want to thank everyone for all of their hard work in preparation for the first day of school. The first day of school is always a little hectic as parents and students learn new routines. In order to assist with the hectic nature of the first few days of school, Central Office staff have been assigned to campuses to help with arrival, lunch, and dismissal. There is a lot to get done, but as you know, our main focus the first few days of school is to build relationships and procedures.
 
Today, the Texas Education Agency has released A-F ratings for campuses and districts, and I want to share with you the press release that will be going out later this morning:

Today the Texas Education Agency has released A-F ratings for campuses and districts, and Burnet CISD received an overall rating of letter grade B. The A-F Accountability system is built largely upon the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) student performance data. However, high schools and district ratings also include measures of College, Career, and Military Readiness and Graduation Rate.
 
Due to COVID-19, the last time that districts and campuses were rated with A-F labels was following the 2018-2019 school year. Below are the ratings side-by-side pre- and post-pandemic.
Ratings
Both RJ Richey and Bertram Elementary were identified for Targeted Support and Improvement with the State. Bertram Elementary was not rated for 2022 because the campus score was 2 points away from a “C” rating, and Senate Bill 1365 requires a “Not Rated” designation for domain or overall scores below a 70. Of note, Burnet Middle School has now accomplished the first year of a required two consecutive years of satisfactory ratings needed to exit Comprehensive Support and Improvement status, which involves heavy oversight and requirements from the School Improvement division of the State.

Regardless of the broad letter-grades assigned today, BCISD had already been analyzing needs and next steps based on the student data files that were issued earlier this summer.  According to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Rachel Jones, “The BCISD staff has been training, planning, and preparing for the school year knowing that we all have work to do. Last year we overcame many obstacles to keep our schools open, our classrooms staffed, and our students learning. This year we are looking forward to a renewed emphasis on a supportive environment of high academic expectations.” 

Superintendent Keith McBurnett echoed, “Our teachers and staff stand ready to welcome students to a fresh start with a focus on learning. Our mission to prepare all students for their futures will be accomplished when we all remain focused on removing barriers to student learning and promoting achievement.”  
 
Ratings and data tables for BCISD and all public schools statewide are now available at TXschools.gov.
 
One of the data points that we will be reviewing on the first day of school will be student enrollment. Based on pre-registration numbers, we are currently running behind our projected enrollment. With the state school finance system being based on student enrollment and attendance, that could negatively impact our budget for the upcoming school year. I’ll keep you posted, but if you know a family that has not registered for school yet, please encourage them to do so.
 
I appreciated the opportunity to participate in the 7 Habits training this past week. Some Habits seem very common-sense, but it was nice to have the time to deeply reflect on the first three Habits and internalize them. I participated in a book study of the 7 Habits many years ago, but I never felt like I deeply understood them like I do after the training last week. I encourage you to commit to spending time before our next training in “detecting” and drafting your mission in life.
7 Habits 
I hope you will have the chance to join us tonight for Meet the Bulldogs. This is an opportunity for our student athletes participating in fall sports to be introduced to the community. The event will take place at the Burnet High School Gym. A hotdog meal will be provided at 6:00 p.m. in the Foyer and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.
 
On Tuesday, the Board of Trustees will meet for its annual Team Building Session. During our discussion, we will review the Board Operating Procedures and discuss goals for the upcoming school year that will help to inform the strategic planning process later in the fall.
I wanted to make sure you saw this Back to School Offer for Burnet CISD staff from Spring Cleaners: 
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Thank you for choosing to make a difference in the lives of students, and thank you for choosing Burnet CISD. Here is to a great 2022-2023 school year! You were born to shine!