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.
February 21, 2018
Several years ago a meeting was held at the Michael J. Smith Memorial Student Union at Portland State. The speaker began his presentation by asking if anyone knew who Michael J. Smith was, and no one in the audience knew who he was or why the student union was named after him. The speaker then shared the story about Smith leading Portland State College’s GE College Bowl team to victory in 1965 by going undefeated during the academic competition. This accomplishment greatly enhanced the reputation of the previously lowly Portland State College. Even though he suffered from cystic fibrosis and was frequently hospitalized during the nine months of preparation for the College Bowl, Smith appeared in all 5 matches and sadly died three years after winning the championship.
One of the attendees at the meeting commented what a great story that was and asked how the speaker knew about it. The speaker shared that there is a plaque at the front of the building that tells the story of Michael J. Smith. He then shared that the life lesson from this story is, “Make sure you read the plaque.” We all need to do that more in life so that we know the stories of the people and places that make up our community. There are three things we are doing as a District to make sure people have access to the stories of Burnet CISD.
There are four perpetual plaques at Burnet High School as part of the Hall of Honor display so that we will remember the names and the stories of those that came before us. Just this past Saturday, the District honored the fifth group of inductees to the Burnet CISD Hall of Honor at the annual Chamber Banquet. It was a special evening honoring people that make up the fabric of Burnet CISD and the Burnet community. The honorees are:
Distinguished Former School Board Member- Camm Lary, Jr.
Distinguished Former Athlete- Mitzi Williams Lancaster
Distinguished Burnet High School Graduate- Dennis Hoover
Distinguished Former Employee- Mary Ann Gurno
In addition to the perpetual plaques, a brief story on every honoree is posted on the District’s web site at www.burnetcisd.net
Also posted on the District’s website are images of all of the building dedication plaques for Burnet CISD. Building dedication plaques provide a permanent way to honor significant people and organizations that played a role in the construction of a building. These lasting tributes also help to tell the history of a building and school district.
Finally, the District is working on a project to digitize as many of the Burnet High School and Bertram High School yearbooks as possible. The goal is to have a searchable PDF for each year so that people can have access to the people, events and memories from our past. I look forward to sharing more about this project as it comes closer to completion.
In closing I want to invite our community to have lunch at the Community Center while learning more about Burnet CISD and the City of Burnet during the State of the Community Address. It is being held on Wednesday, March 7. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. so that attendees can visit tables representing the city and school district. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:45 a.m. and the program will begin at 12 noon. The lunch is always delicious, and once again the dessert is being provided by the Burnet High School Culinary Arts Program. Mayor Bromley and I will share with the audience the state of the community from each of our perspectives. The event is free of charge and citizens are encouraged to attend. No RSVP is necessary.
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!