Board Meeting Recap

March Board Meeting
Summary
The Board of Trustees met this afternoon and evening for a Special Meeting and their Regular March Board Meeting. Included below are the most notable information and action items.

At the Special Meeting, Dr. Aaron Peña was officially hired as Superintendent of Burnet CISD, and Keith McBurnett was appointed Superintendent Emeritus through June 30. Dr. Peña’s official first day will be Monday, April 1. On that day, he will take over all of the day-to-day duties and responsibilities for running the District, and Mr. McBurnett will meet with Dr. Peña as needed to assist in his transition in a consultative role.

The pledges to the flags were led by the following RJ Richey Elementary students at the start of the Regular Meeting: Adley Shelburn, Bradyn Houston, Karter Shubert, Brantley Corbell, Jorge Luis Limon, and Sofia Massey.

The meeting kicked off by recognizing Students of the Month at Burnet High School. BHS Students of the Month are Zaria Solis & Dash Denton. These students were selected from the Athletic Department.

Other students recognized include the following:
• BHS Choir students advancing to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest that will be held in May: Aiden Dornak, Allysandre Catlin, Josiah Villarreal Flores, Abigail Pirie, Serena Krueger, and Skylar Tinkle.
• BHS Athletes for competing at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association State Meet: Abby Smith, Maddi Moise, and Halle Maxwell.
• BHS Athlete Brady Rygaard for competing at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association State Meet.
• BHS Athletes named to the Academic All-State Team by the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association: Carleigh Imrie – Elite Team; Kimberly Watson – Elite Team; Abby Smith – 1st Team; Alexis Leatherwood – 2nd Team; and Maddi Moise – 2nd Team
• BHS Athletes named to the Texas High School Powerlifting Association Academic All-State Team: Brady Rygaard – Elite Team and Luke Hudgins- 1st Team
• Bus Driver, Cat Pare, for being named PCAT Bus Driver of the Year for Burnet CISD.

The Administration presented three agenda items that were each approved by the Board making Tuesday, April 9, the day following the Great American Eclipse, a staff and student holiday, without the need for staff or students to make up this additional missed day. This means that Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9 will both be student and staff holidays.

The Board discussed the cautions from local agencies, the county’s declared state of emergency, and possible implications for roadway congestion from overwhelming traffic still remaining in the area on the morning of April 9th.  Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Rachel Jones, presented a proposed modification to the School Year Calendar that would make April 9th a staff and student holiday, followed by an agenda item to request approval of a TEA waiver application to allow staff development minutes to replace some required minutes of instruction. The current calendar includes about 1.7 days’ worth of minutes to cover closure and delayed starts. However, due to the closure for winter weather on January 15, adding a full day of closure on April 9th would require a full 2 days’ worth of minutes. Sufficient hours of high-quality staff development on non-student days already meet the requirements for a waiver application. State approval of the waiver would prevent the need for students to make-up the remaining minutes. Finally, Director of Human Resources, Michele Gilmore presented a proposed resolution to pay staff for the April 9th additional holiday.

The Board unanimously passed all three of these related items, meaning that April 9th is now a staff and student holiday in which staff will be paid, and this missed day will not need to be made up by staff or students.

CFO Clay Goehring provided the District monthly financial reports and in a financial related business item, the Board approved a reimbursement of a taxpayer's penalty and interest charged because of a late payment of their property tax.  The taxpayer was able to provide proof that they had placed a check in the mail prior to January 31st but it never made it to the tax office.

The Board approved the updated signatory authority for the District financial institutions.  Effective April 1st, Dr. Peña will replace Mr. McBurnett as an authorized signer.

In an effort to begin the process of changing the start date of the District’s fiscal year, the Board approved sending a Notice of Intent to Change the Fiscal Year to the Texas Education Agency.  Currently, BCISD’s fiscal year begins on September 1st and ends on August 31st.  This no longer “lines up” with the academic year.  School Districts have the option to move to a fiscal year that begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th of each year.  This change aligns the fiscal year with the academic year and that allows campuses to begin spending “new year money” on July 1st instead of having to wait until September.  Once the process is completed with TEA, the official change of the start date will take place on July 1, 2025.

The Board approved a refinancing of a portion of the District’s 2014 Bonds.  These refinancing will allow the District to avoid over $600,000 in interest costs over the next 10 years.  The total refinancing amount is $14.7M.  The Board continues to manage the District’s debt service fund in a way that provides minimal interest cost and a long-term controlled Interest & Sinking tax rate for the District’s taxpayers.

The following candidates will be listed on the ballot for the Saturday, May 4 School Board Election. Early voting will take place April 22-30.
• Place 2- Angela Moore
• Place 4- Ross Behrens
• Place 5- Amber Cardenas and Katy Duke
• Place 6- David Bennett

The Board approved nominating Darlene Denton to the TASB Media Honor Roll. The Board noted that she is an outstanding ambassador for Burnet CISD.

The Board approved Mr. Stephen Hale as the Director for Athletics and School Safety.  Mr. Hale is currently serving as the Athletic Director for Hillsboro ISD.  He serves on the Incident Command Team and Threat Assessment Team and has also served as Head Football Coach/Athletic Director.  His professional experience has prepared him to manage the responsibilities he will have in his new role with Burnet CISD.

The Board approved two additional teacher FTE's for the 2024-2025 school year due to student enrollment numbers.  These added positions will be a PK Bilingual teacher at Shady Grove ES and a first-grade teacher at Bertram ES.

The meeting adjourned at 7:04 p.m. The Board of Trustees next Regular Meeting is scheduled for April 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Aaron Peña was officially hired as Superintendent
Pledges to the flags led my RJ Richey Elementary Students: Jorge Luis Limon, Karter Shubert, Brantley Corbell, Sofia Massey, Adley Shelburn, & Bradyn Houston
BHS March Students of the Month: Dash Denton & Zaria Solis
2024 UIL Choir Solo & Ensemble Contest State Qualifiers: Allysandre Catlin, Serena Krueger, Abigail Pirie, Josiah Villarreal Flores & Aiden Dornak (not pictured: Skylar Tinkle)
BHS Athletes for competing at the THSWPA State Meet: Abby Smith, Maddi Moise, and Halle Maxwell.
BHS Athletes named to the Academic All-State Team by the THSWPA: Carleigh Imrie – Elite Team; Kimberly Watson – Elite Team; Abby Smith – 1st Team; Alexis Leatherwood – 2nd Team; and Maddi Moise – 2nd Team
BHS Athlete Brady Rygaard for competing at the THSPA State Meet.
BHS Athletes named to the THSPA Academic All-State Team: Brady Rygaard – Elite Team and Luke Hudgins- 1st Team
Bus Driver, Cat Pare, for being named PCAT Bus Driver of the Year for Burnet CISD.
The Board approved Mr. Stephen Hale as the Director for Athletics and School Safety