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Superintendent's Message

Welcome from Keith McBurnett
Welcome to Burnet CISD. Located in the Hill Country, Burnet CISD is spread out over 700 square miles and serves 3,100 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.
In order to keep District stakeholders informed, I write a newspaper article twice a month and post it on the District's website. You will find the three most recent articles below.
January 31, 2018
Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” It is hard for me to hear that quote and not think about the strategic planning process that we are undertaking as a District. This past fall semester was spent with 50 stakeholders developing the vision, mission, beliefs, goals and action plans that make up the strategic plan. The Board of Trustees approved the strategic plan during the January Board Meeting, and now it is time to turn words into action as we begin to implement the three year plan. A video was produced to launch the strategic plan and as of today the video has reached over 24,000 people and has been viewed by over 14,000 people. If you want to learn more about the strategic planning process, you can go to www.burnetcisd.net and select the strategic planning link found under the District tab.
It is hard to believe that we will be celebrating the 100th day of school this Friday. The second semester in any school district is busy, but that is particularly true for Burnet CISD. Next week, on Thursday, February 8, I hope you will join us for the 5th Annual Safe and Drug Free Wellness Fair at RJ Richey Elementary from 5:00-6:30 p.m. In addition to health screenings and information on drug and alcohol abuse, the fair will offer healthy lifestyle displays, great door prizes and free pizza!
On Saturday, February 17, the District will honor new inductees to the Burnet CISD Hall of Honor. The honorees will be announced that evening during the annual Burnet Chamber of Commerce Banquet. As a reminder, the Hall of Honor recognizes one person from each of the following categories: Distinguished Former School Board Member, Distinguished Former Athlete, Distinguished Burnet High School Graduate and Distinguished Former Employee. The honorees are people who have not only brought great honor to themselves, but they have also brought great honor to Burnet CISD. In addition to the Hall of Honor honorees, the Educator of the Year will also be announced. It is going to be a great evening recognizing great people. Get your tickets early and join us in celebrating Burnet CISD and the Burnet community.
Mark your calendar now to hear about what’s happening in the city and school district by attending the annual State of the Community Address on Wednesday, March 7 at the Burnet Community Center. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with a free meal being served at 11:45, and the program beginning at 12:15 p.m. I look forward to sharing information with the community about Burnet CISD, and as always, Mayor Crista Bromley and I will be available afterwards for any questions.
Are you registered to vote? Close to 98% of Texas elections are determined in the primary and the deadline to register to vote in the March primary elections is February 5th, just a few days away. By registering today, you will be able to vote during the primaries and during the upcoming Burnet CISD School Board Trustee Election being held on Saturday, May 5. There are three places on the ballot this year: Place 2, currently held by Angela Moore; Place 4, currently held by Jeff Hullum; and Place 6, currently held by Robby Robertson. These are three-year terms. Information regarding the election is posted on the Burnet CISD website.
January 17, 2018
January is School Board Recognition Month, and Burnet CISD is joining school districts across the state in thanking these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools. The theme this year is, “Helping Kids Soar to Success” and utilizes the visual of kites soaring in the sky.

Winston Churchill is a part of more conversations today than normal, because of the new movie about him becoming Prime Minister of England during WWII called, “Darkest Hour”. In one of his many famous quotes, Winston Churchill once said, “Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.”

From day one of me being a part of Burnet CISD, this Board of Trustees has never been satisfied to go where the winds my take us, but rather they have set goals and expectations that communicate their desire for Burnet CISD to set the standard for other school districts across the state. Because of their leadership, Burnet CISD offers a wide array of award winning instructional and extracurricular offerings, which allows students to “choose the kite” they want to fly.

Elected Board Members play a crucial role in our community and schools. Trustees are extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing a school district with 3,200 students, 440 employees and a $26M budget. Each one of them does it because they want to give back to this school district and to our community. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of our children- they are truly CRAFTING the FUTURE for our students.

From a personal perspective, I have the opportunity to visit with a lot of superintendents across the state, and those conversations reinforce for me what an outstanding Board of Trustees this Board truly is. I am very lucky to be a member of this exceptional “Team of 8”.

Although showing our appreciation should be a year-round commitment, taking advantage of the designated School Board Recognition month in January assures that these important people receive the thanks they deserve. So 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 Jeff Hullum, Robby Robertson, Suzanne Brown and Mark Kincaid.

At the January 22 Board Meeting, not only are we going to have the opportunity to recognize the Board of Trustees for their volunteer service, but the District will also be unveiling its new strategic plan. Members of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee will be presenting an overview of the objectives and strategies that support the District’s four strategic goals. The Board will formally consider adopting the strategic plan in order to begin implementing the plan this spring.

Finally, I want to encourage you to mark your calendars for Join the Journey’s 5th Annual Safe and Drug Free Wellness Fair. The fair will take place on Thursday, February 8 at RJ Richey Elementary (500 East Graves) from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The fair will include a FREE pizza meal along with health screenings, drug/alcohol education, fitness tips and more. We will also have great door prizes available like a Bluetooth speaker, electric scooter and tablet. Participants will go on a TREC for tokens that will allow them to be eligible for the door prizes. In this case TREC stands for Treatment, Response, Education and Communication- all ways that Join the Journey is addressing drug use in our community. I hope you will join us for this knowledge and fun-filled TREC!
December 20, 2017
It was wonderful to see snow flurries in our area just over 10 days ago. Along with the excitement of that first snowfall also come the questions of whether school is going to be delayed or closed. Fortunately for us, schools were not impacted in our area during that first snowfall, but it is important for you to know that we were working our inclement weather plan by monitoring weather conditions and roads. To avoid any confusion, parents and community members should assume school will start as planned unless they receive notice otherwise. Our staff begins reviewing road conditions at 3:30 a.m. with the goal of making any delay or closure decision by 5:00 a.m. Once a decision is made, then a comprehensive communication plan is launched on multiple platforms including web, social media, automated calls, and news outlets. An overview of the District’s Bad Weather/School Closure procedures can be found on the District’s homepage at www.burnetcisd.net under the District tab.

It is hard to believe, but we are in the fifth year of the 21st Century ACE Grant that makes possible the ACE afterschool programs at all Burnet CISD elementary schools and the middle school. As you will recall, Burnet CISD and Marble Falls ISD, through a consortium created between the two districts (Afterschool Centers on Education Burnet County Consortium or ACE BCC), was awarded a Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Cycle 8 grant in the amount of $8 million over 5 years, with $5 million of which has been used to fund afterschool programs at Bertram Elementary, Shady Grove Elementary, RJ Richey Elementary and Burnet Middle School. Our program has been extremely successful, and that is not just my opinion, but rather the opinion of the Texas Education Agency. During the grant, our afterschool program has been recognized as one of the top afterschool program in Texas and our previous project director, was named the top Director in the state of Texas. In addition, our program has produced results that demonstrate increased academic achievement, increased attendance rates and decreased discipline referrals for ACE students compared to Non-ACE student.

With the current grant wrapping up, it begs the question of what will happen to the ACE Program in the 2018-2019 school year? The good news is that the federal government has approved a Cycle 10 for continuation of the ACE Grant which will open for applications in February. Just like we did five years ago, we are going to aggressively pursue applying for afterschool funding for the next five years. We will continue to work closely with Marble Falls ISD and are in the process of identifying a professional grant writer to assist in the writing process.

Because the grant is so competitive (approximately 250 applications were submitted for Cycle 9 with only 30 schools being awarded the grant), we are already making plans in the event we do not receive the Cycle 10 grant. We understand the importance of an afterschool program in the District and although we would not be able to maintain the current program as we have it, we want to be able to offer an afterschool program. ACE staff members have visited other school districts and schools that have an afterschool program to see how they fund their program and what services are offered. In addition, we are currently surveying ACE families to gather data on what are the critical elements of an afterschool program (i.e. services, cost, etc.). Once we have gathered the data, we will be able to better evaluate program requirements in the event of not receiving the grant. With that said though, because of our tremendously successful track record, we are confident that our grant application will be very competitive and strongly considered.

Finally, as a reminder, Burnet CISD will have a 3 hour early release this Friday, December 22 with all campuses being closed for Christmas Break December 23-January 8. All classes will resume a normal schedule on Tuesday, January 9. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the administration I want to wish our community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!