Gene Taylor served on the Board of Trustees of Bertram ISD from 1965 until 1970, which was the last year that Bertram had its own school district before consolidating with Burnet. Mr. Taylor served as President the last two years of his tenure. This was an extremely difficult time for the Bertram Board. TEA demanded that upgrades be made to the school structures, but due to the lack of a local tax base and dwindling allotment from the State, this could not possibly happen. The Board worked tirelessly to keep the Bertram schools from facing consolidation, but in the end, there was no other option.
Due to Mr. Taylor's continued interest in education, he served on the BCISD Board of Trustees from 1976 to 1984, where he was President for 6 of those years. Mr. Taylor's wife stated that one of his greatest accomplishments during his tenure was BCISD selling the Bertram football field to the City of Bertram for $7,000 at 0% interest, to be paid out in increments of $1,000 per year. The former field is now home to the Bertram Little League complex and a frequently booked community pavilion. Gene Taylor and his wife Annie Dell, both graduates of Bertram High School, continue to be extremely involved in the school district and community. Their two children and two grandsons graduated from BHS. They have one granddaughter who is a BHS sophomore. Board Vice-President Jim Luther, Jr. presented Mr. Taylor as the distinguished former Board members.
Burnet CISD Distinguished Former Employee