Dear Caldwell Family and Community

My favorite thing about Burleson County is the generosity of the community.

With the food drive last week, Hornets Helping Hornets this week, the food bank backpack program preparing to send food home with our highest need students, and the countless gestures of kindness I see to students by teachers and staff, the character of our district is most evident this time of year. Thank you for everything you do, big and small, to make the true meaning of Christmas real for our students.

I wish you and your family the best this holiday season.


Dr. James Barton, Caldwell ISD Superintendent


We are proud to introduce Sean Witherwax as the new Athletic Director for Caldwell ISD!

Coach Witherwax joins the Hornet family with 26 years of experience, most recently serving for six years as Offensive Coordinator at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station. Prior to that, he was the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for Anderson-Shiro ISD and Offensive Coordinator for Navasota ISD.

During his coaching tenure, Witherwax has garnered two District Championships, seven State Quarterfinalists appearances, and two State Championships.

Sean Witherwax has a proven record of leadership. We are proud to welcome him to the Hornet family.

December 12, 2022 Board Brief

The Board meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM followed by the pledge and prayer.

Recognize Students and Staff

Coach Kassner and Coach Neal recognized Hornet Tennis players for their outstanding achievements during their tennis season. These athletes started their season at the beginning of August and earned 2nd place in district to earn a spot in playoffs. After defeating Marble Falls in bi-district, we fell short to Center in a closely played match for Area. We had 14 players earn all district honors. Fall 2022 District 20 Tennis Awards:

Boys Singles 1st Team

Waylon Chapman - Senior

Connor Hughson - Senior

Boys Singles 2nd Team

Dylan Chapman - Sophomore

Girls Singles 1st Team

Karly Fritsche - Senior

Boys Doubles 1st Team

Keith Ramon (Senior) and Breyden Athey (Senior)

Girls Doubles 1st Team

Jordan Perkkio (Soph) and Tilly Hicks (Jr)

Girls Doubles 2nd Team

Kori Archer (Soph) and Kylie Vogler (Freshman)

Mixed Doubles 1st Team

Hope Savage (Senior) and Alejandro Zapata (Senior)

Honorable Mention

Ty Breitschopf

McKenzie Horan

Coach Kassner stated they were grateful for the new tennis facilities and will be hosting 4 tournaments this spring. These athletes are committed to being the best on and off the court and have been working hard all year. Our first match of the spring is on January 12th in Bellville.

The Junior High School Band students were recognized by Band Director Rachel Hall for the achievements of junior high band members who went to all region bands. Student achievements were:

Emily Lopez - 14th chair Symphonic Band, Clarinet

Michael Butler - 4th chair Symphonic Band, Bass Clarinet

Grant Leubner - 1st chair Symphonic Band, Euphonium,

TyRiana Morris - 9th chair Concert Band, Tuba

Elijah Nelson - Alternate, Trumpet

Giselle Monreal - Alternate, Trumpet

Kevin Perez - Alternate, Horn

Nate Murray - Alternate, Trombone

Coulter Suehs - Alternate, Euphonium

Public Input

There was no public input.

Superintendent’s Report

Introductions - Dr. Barton introduced the new Communication and Media Officer, Tammie Novosad. Mrs. Novosad comes to us with experience in communications, marketing, and public relations. She served as Communications Specialist for Texas A&M prior to joining the Caldwell ISD family in 2011. She has taught art, graphic design, and yearbook at CHS. Mrs. Novosad has also been instrumental in building connections between the community and school, serving as Cheer Coordinator and Coach. Mrs. Novosad is eager to continue to do the great work of showcasing the amazing things that are happening at Caldwell ISD!

Enrollment - The enrollment of Caldwell ISD is 1914.

Informational Reports

Grad Tracking - Jane Anne Giese presented the Grad Track program where graduates of Caldwell High School can stay connected with the district and the district can keep track of where they go after graduation. The full presentation can be found HERE.

CISD Community Survey - Heather Escalante shared the Athletic Director Search Survey and the data of the responses that were given. The full presentation can be found HERE.

Finance Reports - Heather Escalante shared the finance reports. The District has collected almost 7% of its budgeted General Fund local revenue as of the end of November. With the bulk of budgeted revenues being local property taxes, the amount reported through the end of November is actual taxes collected through October because it is a month behind. The Child Nutrition Fund is operating at a $25,500 surplus through the end of November. Next month, the District will ask the Board to approve a budget amendment to start using fund balance towards twenty-plus year old equipment.

Investment Report - Kavon Novak presented the investment report. The District originally invested $1,400,000 in 2018 and the account balance as of November 30, 2022 is $1,495,273. The District has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships for Caldwell High School Seniors and still has realized an increase in this account due to strategic investing with Mr. Novak and LPL Financial.

New Business

Consider and Approve Donation - In 2012, the David Kovar estate gifted the District with Exxon shares owned by the estate, the total value of the estate's Chevron stock, and the real and personal property remaining in the Estate after all the other gifts in the Will were distributed, totaling $1.4 million. The purpose of the gift is to fund scholarships for Caldwell High School Students to attend any of the following educational institutions: Texas A&M University; Sam Houston State University; University of Texas; Blinn College; and Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas. Since the beginning of the scholarship in 2018, the District has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships. On December 6th, 2022 the Estate gifted the District with an additional $486,385 with the same guidelines as the previous donation. The Board Approved the Donation from the Kovar Estate for the purpose of funding Scholarships.

Consider and Approve 2023-2024 Budget Calendar - Heather Escalante presented the timelines for what will be needed in the new budget. Throughout the second semester the District will begin compiling information to create the budget. In April, the Board will meet for a Budget Workshop to review the information for the 2023-2024 budget that will be approved for in June 2023

Consider and Approve Legislative Priorities - The Board unanimously approved the legislative priorities. Priorities include local control, education funding, teacher shortages, opposing vouchers, and the assessment and accountability system

Consent Agenda

Meeting Minutes - The Board unanimously approved the meeting minutes.

The Board went into Executive Session at 6:37 PM.

The Board Meeting adjourned at 7:29 PM.


About Caldwell ISD

Caldwell Independent School District was officially established as a public school district in 1923 and serves the northern and western portions of Burleson County. In 1990, Caldwell ISD became the largest school district in the county that serves just under 2,000 students and is comprised of four campuses: Caldwell Elementary

(PK - 3rd), Caldwell Intermediate (4th - 6th), Caldwell Junior High School (7th - 8th), and Caldwell High School (9th -12th). The district also has a District Alternative Education Program and an Alternative Center of Education.

Caldwell ISD is the home of the Hornets. The official colors are Texas orange and white. Texas UIL classifies Caldwell ISD Hornets as a 4A district.