Board Meeting Recap

June Board Meeting
Summary
The Burnet CISD Board of Trustees convened Tuesday evening for their regular May meeting. Our goal is to keep you informed and up-to-date on board activities through these brief recaps. As always, complete minutes from each meeting are publicly posted upon approval for your reference.

REPORTS
Financial Reports: A revenue update was provided as part of the monthly financial report. The District received positive financial news last week as some previously cut funding was restored. While we still face a deficit budget, the restored funding is certainly a positive development. The Board will approve the final budget at the August meeting.

QHS Optional Flexible School Day Program (OFSDP): Kristi Carruthers, Principal of Quest High School, presented a summary of the effectiveness of the State-approved Optional Flexible School Day Program at QHS. This preceded the Board’s approval of the application for the OFSDP for the 2024-2025 school year to be submitted to TEA.

Report on School Health Advisory Council (SHAC): Dr. Rachel Jones and Celeste Rozacky, Parent Co-Chair Elect, presented an overview of the 2023-2024 activities of SHAC. The SHAC approved recommendations for instruction on topics mandated by House Bill 3809 and revisions to Proclamation 2022 materials. The plan can be accessed in the 2023-2024 Meetings materials at www.burnetcisd.net/shac/.

Climate Survey: Dr. Rachel Jones presented survey data collected through Franklin-Covey’s Measurable Results Assessment. District averages were all in the “satisfactory” range for Leadership, Culture, and Academics. Campus Lighthouse Teams will make action plans to address areas needing improvement.

CONSENT AGENDA
Appraisal Calendar: The Board approved the T-TESS and T-PESS calendars of evaluation activities for teachers and administrators.

QHS Optional Flexible School Day: Included with the report item, the Board approved the application for the OFSDP for the 2024-2025 school year.

Board Operating Procedures: The Board approved minor edits to the Board Operating Procedures.

Burnet Interlocal Agreement - School Resource Officers: The Board approved the interlocal agreement with the City of Burnet, with the only change being a reduction in the number of SROs from four to two.

Bertram Interlocal Agreement - School Resource Officers: The Board approved the interlocal agreement with the City of Bertram, with the only change being a salary adjustment for the one SRO, aligning it with market rates and closely matching the fee structure paid to the city of Burnet. 

BCISD Education Foundation: The Board approved the Memorandum of Understanding with the newly formed Education Foundation, closely aligned with those used by other districts to benefit their students and staff.

BUSINESS ITEMS
2024-2025 Compensation Plan: The Board approved a 3% Midpoint General Pay Increase (MGPI) for Teachers, Librarians, and all other staff. Returning teachers and librarians will receive an increase of $1,790. Staff whose salary is above the paygrade maximum will receive a lump sum payment equal to the general pay increase, split between December and May paychecks.

Employee Benefits: The Board approved fully funding the following benefits for employees:
     Health (TRS ActiveCare Primary Plan)
     Dental (UNUM)
     Vision (UNUM)
     Telehealth
     $30,000 Life Insurance Policy

Stipend Schedules: The Board approved stipends for the 2024-2025 school year, adding the following: Apprentice Teacher Support, BMS Cross Country Coach, NBCT Cohort Member Support, and Education Connection Coordinator.

Construction Manager at Risk: The Board approved final change orders with Satterfield and Pontikes (S&P), the District’s 2021 Bond Contractor, finalizing the contracts with S&P.

TASB Delegate: The Board selected Mr. Earl Foster to represent Burnet CISD as our TASB Delegate. Trustees across Texas collaborate on key priorities for public education at the TASB Delegate Assembly, where every member has a vote in the organization's direction. Delegates discuss and vote on various action items, including electing TASB directors and officers and approving issues for the TASB Advocacy Agenda.

Cybersecurity Training: The Board participated in mandated cybersecurity training, covering best practices for data security, current trends in cyber threats, and reminders of FERPA requirements.
 
The meeting adjourned at 9:04 p.m. The next Board of Trustees Regular Meeting is scheduled for July 22 at 6:00 p.m.