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N s 7As~s Sp Pae~ Bertram news orts " ~7! By Mark Atwood Highland Lakes Newspapers When the class of 2006 takes their first steps into Burnet High School on August 17, they will usher in a new era for students of the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District. As the first graduating class from the sparkling new complex, they will be the first to wave goodbye to one of the most modern campus- es in this part of the state and certainly the most imposing structure in Burnet. Talking to principal Craig Spinn, one could easily get the feeling they were speak- ing to a proud dad, and it's impossible not to feel his excitement or share in his enthusiasm. "I am so excited, I'm as giddy as a school kid," Spinn said last week. "If I could say anything, I'd want people to know that this school was built from the ground up with kids in mind," he stated. He added that the teach- ers had been part of the design priority as well, to help the new facility be as conducive to teaching as it is to learning. Superintendent Jeff Hanks was emphatic that the input of the teaching staff is the number one rea- son why this new facility is as functional as it is beauti- ful. "They know better than anyone, as practitioners, exactly how this building needs to function," Hanks stated. tie went on to explain that the typical method of hiring an architect and having them build their idea of what a facility should be was not the approach they wanted to use. "We were fortunate to have an architect that was very open and even seeking our teachers in.put," Hanks said. As for the finished prod- uct, Hanks' pride was as evi- dent as his principal's. "I will put it up against anybody around," he added. Regarding the priority of making the complex student friendly, Spinn definitely could point to the proof in the One of the most spectacular and comforting places on the grounds of the new high school is the courtyard, Photo by Mark Atwood designed with students in mind. pudding, ment, was just a touch ofsaid. That campus was built "I think this courtyard nerves, however. "It's a labor of love, and to hold 500 students, and is the best example of "You know, the devil's inwe're going to be ready,"was being used by over that," he said. "It's a place the details, and right now he added. 800 students at the time where kids can come and we're trying to make sureAs the centerpiece of a the bond passed to build feel safe and feel good that everyone has enough $37.5 million bond pro- this new school. about doing the things tables and chairs and gram, the new school willThe new campus was they're supposed to do." that's going to come downreplace the old structuredesigned to accommodate Along with that excite- to the last day," Spinn that was built in 1973. 1600 students. raises commissioner By Mark Atwood Highland Lakes Newspapers Despite the attention given to the well-publicized Clayton Daniels case, it would appear the strange tale still has some life left it. meeting Monday, Burner County eommis- si0nersc lled for their own look into their relationship with the Travis County Medical Examiner's office, the original autopsy in the case incorrectly identified an 81-year-old woman as Daniels, Daniets dug up the body of Charlotte Davis in a scheme con- trived by him and his wife, Molly, to fake Daniels' death in an auto acci- fact that under their contract with Travis County, Burnet County pays $1,800 per autopsy performed. All autopsies in the unincorporated areas of Burnet County are sent to Travis County as part of this agree- the fact that the body was not that of Daniels. One such discrepancy was the mention of male genitalia. Another issue raised by the com- missioners was a question regard- ing the ability to accurately perform bladder. It was this that seemed to spark much of the debate at Monday's commissioners court meeting during discussion concern- ing county contracts. "They said they found urine in dent last June. ment and the county budgets a toxicology report on a body that the bladder," said Precinct One W file-the criminal, aspe :the $40, .0007 :had k n emb .mld. Bill N.eR e. "When ,have ru . thair o urse though Noted bh t lie o ,a y There was no detection of embalm- what they sHbuid have ,found was the justice system, commissioners document, performed by the recent- hag fluid mentioned in the report, formaldehyde. I believe we got :are interested in what they are lyretired Vladimir Parungao, M.D Further confusing the issue was duped." receiving for their money, there were some discrepancies that the autOpsy's analysis that a small County Judge Dave Kithil said Their displeasure stems from the have since become evident in fight of amount of urine was present in the Please see Autopsy, page 9A Last Thursday, folks strolled in through the open door of Burnet County Supply much the same way people have for 60 years. Some came to look around at what merchan- dise was left, while others came by tO visit. Visiting has been as big a part of the Burnet County Supply stock in trade over the decades as the merchandise. Pat Withers dosed the doors for the last time, only to open them again for an upcoming auction. We at the Bulletin wish Pat the best in what- ever avenues she pursues from this point and wish to express our deeply felt sense of loss as the town square loses one of its most staunch anchors. Photo by Mark Atwood Open letter from Pat Withers It is with a sa heavy heart and lots of tears that I will try to say "good.bye" and "thank you" to my loyal, wonderful cus. tomers and friend I really don t know if there is a way to say what is in my hear For sixty years we have been on the square and have met so many grcat peopl They came as customers and left as friends. Since I lost Budd$ my best friend, husband and boss, it has been very hard to keep the store going. I stayed open until July 1, 200 for him. It was our sixti h anniversary. Jim Luther, Roy Hallmark, Bill Love, Rich Espitia, James Herbert, Ina Cooper, Hyden and Sons, and The First State Bank were the only people here to celebrate. No city or county officials, no mayor, no Chamber of Commerce. Our feelings were hurt, but Burnet has gotten that way, no lime for lit- tle thing& As I look back over the 38 years working at BCSC, I have such wonderful memories - all the old men that came everyday to visit and tell tales, raising April and Tonya on the square - such happy memories, now it is sad to see the square die. I do not want to be a part of the square because I could not make a living as it is becoming. It will never be the sam I don t think there will be another store to last 60 years on the Burnet square. I wish only the best for everyone in Burnet as we love to live here and care about our towm I will miss everyone who walked through our doors and think about you ofler I hope to see you down the roaeL God bless us all I leave the well service in very good hand Josh Dickinson is a very hones dependable, capable young We were lucky to have found each other. Josh will continue Burnet Co. Well Service 512.75 4245 or 512-693-8366 Call and he will be there. tt th love and thanks to Pat Withers By Mark Atwood Highland Lakes Newspapers Dress codes, like fashion, can change over time. There are certain aspects of the high school code, however, that remain 'steadfastly uniform. Burnet High School Principal Craig Spinn explains that the commtmity plays a large role in helping to establish the dress code for the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District. "We locally, as a campus, through our site-based com- mittees, develop a dress code and submit it to the board," he says. And although each campus has their own committee, and will make dress code recom- mendations for what is age appropriate for that particu- larcampus, there are certain standards for all campuses set by the board of trustees. Teachers, parents and other members of the commu- nity help to make up these site-based committees. For 2006, Spinn noted there have been no changes tO the previous year's require- ments. According to the student Please see Dress code, page 9,4 Photo by Mark Atwood Although they may be dressed for a trip 'downtown,' Donald Fox and Ashley Barnes graciously displayed for the camera a laundry list of what not to wear in the coming school year. Cedar ' Cedar ' Cedar Split Rail Mantles Cedar Shavings Custom Moulding & Siding Aromatic Cedar Lumber Peeled Cedar Post Reach over 20,000 readers by advertising in The Highlander and the Burnet Bulletin. Call 830.693.4:367 or 512.756.6136 TODAY.' : ' MYERS CEDAR YARD Hwy 183 S. * Lampasas, TX 512 * 556 * 4968 CD's IRA's Annuities Mutual Funds U.S. Treasury Bonds U.S. Government Bonds Stocks Relievers Life Insurance (512) 756-7997 or 1-866-756-7997 113 East Jackson St. Burnet 78611 i'; i 8