In the Loop with the Sup

January 2022

Dear Caldwell ISD Families and Community

January is School Board Appreciation Month. Please join me in celebrating our Board of Trustees for their dedication and commitment to our students, staff and schools. Our school board members are selfless volunteers who truly believe in Excellence for Each Student. Caldwell ISD is better because of their service.


The new year brings excitement and promise. It's wonderful to see students grow, achieve, compete, and succeed in the goals they set in August. In just the last few weeks, we have seen our Band students recognized at competition, our Beta Club shining at Convention, and our Spring Sports preparing to compete. We are also looking forward to our Graduation Ceremony honoring the Caldwell ISD Class of 2022. If you are close to a Senior, I hope you will take a few minutes to share some encouraging words as they make significant decisions for their future.


Thank you all for making Caldwell ISD a special place to learn, grow, and serve.


Sincerely,


Dr. James Barton

Superintendent of Schools, Caldwell ISD

School Board Appreciation

January 24 Board Brief

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


*Student Recognition: Fine Arts Director, Cody Knott and Band Director Rachel Hall recognized band students for their accomplishments. Earlier this year, high school and junior high students participated in auditions for All Region Bands.


At the High School Level, students can audition for the All State Band process in Jazz and Concert Bands. The first is Jazz Band Region Auditions in September. Cierra Zamora (tenor sax) and Camden Stackhouse (trumpet) made the Region and Area Bands. Both recorded for State and Cierra finished 5th (State Band takes 2) out of 40 and Camden finished 27 (State Band takes 5) out of 46.


Concert Band Region is the next phase for students to audition in December. Cierra Zamora made 1st chair Symphonic Band and qualified for area. Area auditions were in January and she finished 7th when the State Band took one.


For Junior High, it is the same process minus the All State component. We took 11 students and 4 made the bands

Brody Bellg, tenor trombone, 1st chair symphonic band

Grant Luebner, euphonium, 2nd chair symphonic band

Eli Nelson, f horn, 6th chair, concert band

Ceylan Davis, flute, 12th chair, concert band


*Public Input - Alysia Escalante and Kadie Hartman gave public input.


*Informational Reports - The ESSER Plan Review was presented by Heather Escalante. The presentation detailed Federal Stimulus Bills and how much money was allotted for Caldwell ISD and how it will be used. The intent for ESSER II and III was given for schools to safely reopen. The Safe Return to School was money given to implement public health protocols. Money was also used for mitigating learning loss due to being out with COVID. This money also helps with unique needs, such as English learners and helping those students catch up. The money also allowed for comprehensive needs, such as adding additional staff. Other uses of funds were at the discretion of the District, which went to professional development and educational technology. The next steps would be to continue monitoring progress of all ESSER II and III monies.


*Financial Report - Monica Hinojos presented the financial reports. Taxes are going to be coming in which will increase revenue for the District.


*Bond 2018 - Rusty Wallace went over the projects remaining from the 2018 bond. The only remaining items on the Ag renovation is the roof over the canopy and landscaping. The baseball/softball turf project was reviewed. The softball turf is complete. The baseball turf is still underway. The installation is complete and the crew is installing turf. The baseball field is scheduled to be complete by the end of the month, weather permitting. The tennis courts project is still in progress with a contract still in the process of being signed. The contractor has already begun ordering materials. The contactors are scheduled to mobilize to the site late February. The tennis courts are tentatively scheduled to be complete by early July 2022, but this date is based on availability of materials.


*Boys and Girls Club Presentation - Rhonda Watson, the CEO of Boys and Girls Club Brazos Valley Caldwell Unit, along with members of the BGC committee, detailed the positive impact that Boys and Girls Club provides the community and also thanked the District for partnering with BGCBV Caldwell Unit by providing a rented space (The Rock Gym) for the program to grow. August 20th will be the next annual fundraiser, and Ms. Watson invited the community to attend. Director Jenna Reihl detailed the programming of BGCBV Caldwell Unit by talking about activities they provide that detail bully prevention, healthy habits, physical activity, STEM activities, tutorial times, and much more.


Superintendent’s Report


*COVID-19 Update - The District is seeing a decline in positive cases of COVID. The Superintendent recognized the nurses stating they were doing a great job in keeping students and staff healthy.


*Enrollment Report - The current enrollment for Caldwell ISD is 1,844.


*Recognition of School Board Appreciation Month - January is School Board Appreciation Month. Dr. Barton recognized their efforts and dedication of serving on the Board. Each campus donated books to their libraries in honor of each Board member.


*Upcoming Board Training - Dr. Barton talked about upcoming training opportunities for Board members that provide training for governance in public schools.


*Annual Reports - The annual reports for the district were presented and can be found on the District website under District/About Us/Academic Accountability and Annual Reports.


New Business


*Call for General Election for Three Trustee Positions - General election to be held May 2022. All Board members approved the General Election for the three positions. Tripp Warren’s, Rebecca Gardner’s, and Clover Cochran’s positions will be open.


*Consider and Approve the Board of Trustees Standard Operating Procedures - The Board approved to postpone this action item until May.


*Consider and Approve the Amended Boys and Girls Club Lease Agreement - There will be added space amended into the original lease agreement. All seven Board members approved the amended lease agreement.


*Consider and Approve the DAEP Construction - The District would like to renovate a current space in the High School building for DAEP campus. The Board approved the project and the bid for renovations.


*Consider and Approve Benefits and Administrative Services - The District will add Combined Benefits Group for supplemental health insurance for employees. The Board approved the CBG being added as a supplemental health insurance for employees.


*Consider and Approve Financial Advisor - The District received 5 bids to go with another financial advisor for the District and are recommending TGL Financial. The Board approved TGL financial.


*Discuss ESL Incentive - This is not an action item, but Dr. Barton discussed that we are having a growing number of ESL students. An incentive will be given to teachers who get training and become certified in ESL and for teachers who are already certified in ESL.


Consent Agenda - Meeting Minutes were approved by the Board.


Closed Session - 7:01 pm


Adjourned - 8:12 p.m.

Student Recognition

Earlier this year we had high school and junior high students participate in auditions for All Region Bands.


At the High School Level, students can audition for the All State Band process in Jazz and Concert Bands. The first is Jazz Band Region Auditions in September. Cierra Zamora (tenor sax) and Camden Stackhouse (trumpet) made the Region and Area Bands. Both recorded for State and Cierra finished 5th (State band takes 2) out of 40 and Camden finished 27 (State band takes 5) out of 46.


Concert Band Region is the next phase for students to audition in December. Cierra Zamora made 1st chair Symphonic Band and qualified for area. Area auditions were in January and she finished 7th when the State Band took one.


For Junior High, it is the same process minus the All State component. We took 11 students and 4 made the bands

Brody Bellg, tenor trombone, 1st chair symphonic band

Grant Luebner, euphonium, 2nd chair symphonic band

Eli Nelson, f horn, 6th chair, concert band

Ceylan Davis, flute, 12th chair, concert band


We are very proud of all of our students and very grateful for the support of our students from the community for the band program.

Caldwell High School Debate Team Takes Home Wins!

The Debate Squad took 3 teams to Rogers to compete in CX district and brought home many awards! Out of the 9 teams attending we placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th and one team qualified for the state competition in March. The results were:

2nd place: Paulina Hernandez/Kailynn Boyd--State Qualifiers

3rd Place: Patrick Stackhouse/Camden Stackhouse--State Alternates

4th Place: Barret Yates/William McDonald

The Best Speaker Award was a tie between Camden and Patrick Stackhouse as they nearly had perfect speaker points for the day.

Lastly, the Debate Squad also won the overall competition as a school. CONGRATULATIONS!

Lady Hornets Move to 2nd in District

Catch the KBTX highlight of our own Lady Hornets! Congratulations to the Lady Hornets Basketball team!

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 approximately 1,800 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 3A district.