November 2022

Dear Caldwell ISD Families and Community,

Thanksgiving is next week, and I hope that you take the time to relax, recharge, and enjoy your time with your family and friends.

I want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to our teachers, staff, and administrators who come to school each day dedicated to ensuring our students have a safe and exceptional educational experience. I want to thank students for demonstrating great character and coming to school ready to participate in academic and extracurricular activities. I want to thank parents for partnering with us and trusting us to teach and care for your children everyday. I want to thank our community for your tremendous support. The dedication and contributions from all of our stakeholders is what makes Caldwell ISD a very special place.

I am most grateful to serve you and this district. It is always a great day to be a Caldwell Hornet.

Have a wonderful, safe and happy Thanksgiving break.


Dr. James Barton

Caldwell ISD Superintendent

Character Strong Word of the Month

November 14, 2022 Board Brief

The November 14, 2022 Board meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm followed by the pledge and prayer.

Public Hearing

*FIRST Report - Heather Escalante, Chief Operating Officer, shared the results of the FIRST Report Audit. You can view the presentation HERE.

*Recognize Students and Staff

BETA sponsors, Mrs. Drew from CIS, Mr. Conley from CJH, and Mrs. Goff from CHS recognized the BETA students who are advancing to nationals after winning in their competitions at state. Mrs. Pieper recognized students who went to nationals for FFA for the Hall of Stages. The pictures of the students recognized at the Board meeting are featured below.

Public Input

*Blake Nelson gave public input about wanting to bring a program called Impact to Caldwell and wanting the school district to help house the volunteers.

Superintendent’s Report

*Enrollment Report - The current enrollment is 1,915.

*Recognition - Laurie Parker received the Superintendent Coin for the great work she does with the after school program, CASTLE. Jenna Riehl, Director of the Boys and Girls Club, Caldwell Unit, was recognized for the outstanding work she does with the BGC and continuously growing the partnership between Boys and Girls Club and Caldwell ISD.

Informational Reports

*Finance Reports - The District is continuing to collect its budgeted revenue. 85% of budgeted State Revenue has been collected by the District and the remaining amount will be collected in September during settle-up. Child Nutrition is operating in a surplus through the month of October. The District will continue to monitor this fund and make adjustments as needed. This fund ended the 2022 school year with a $338,388 balance. Mrs. Charanza will bring an equipment replacement plan to the Board for approval to utilize these funds and address aged equipment.

*Counselor Presentation on PASS - Campus counselors, Mrs. Lillie, Mrs. Malone, and Mrs. Zboril presented to the Board about the PASS results. Pass is an online survey that students took to help campus administration identify barriers in learning. The full presentation can be found HERE.

New Business (Action Items)

*Legislative Priorities First Reading - This item was a discussion, not an item for approval. Dr. Barton inquired how the Board would want to represent Caldwell ISD in Austin for the legislative year. These items included funding, school safety, teacher shortage, and assessment and accountability. Pam Evans and Vicki Ochs addressed concerns with private schools taking away from public schools.

*Approve Purchase over $50 K - There were two items for approval. The first purchase would be to purchase over 600 Chromebooks to follow our Technology Replacement Plan. The second is a ventilation project which will address the humidity and condensation at the intermediate and junior high. The Board approved the purchases over $50K.

Consent Agenda

*Meeting Minutes - the Board approved the minutes.

The Board went into Executive Session at 6:52 pm

The Board Meeting adjourned at 7:33 pm

Superintendent Coin Recognition



BETA and FFA Students Recognized at the November 14 Board Meeting

BETA sponsors, Mrs. Drew from CIS, Mr. Conley from CJH, and Mrs. Goff from CHS recognized the BETA students who are advancing to nationals after winning in their competitions at state. Mrs. Pieper recognized students who went to nationals for FFA for the Hall of Stages.

CHS National Honor Society Induction

CHS NHS Induction 2022


Patrick Stackhouse and Barret Yates went 3-0 at the CX debate tournament in Lampasas on November 5th!
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Caldwell Connection 18+ Program

Caldwell Connections 18+ students partnered with Burleson County to Wipe Out Waste at the Recycling Project kick off event last night. They are placing containers to recycle bottles and cans at CHS basketball games and possible future sporting events.
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FFA Awards

What a great day at Brazos Valley District LDE’s. Congratulations to all of our members who competed!


Greenhand Quiz Team: District Champions - Area Advancement

Greenhand Chapter Conducting: 2nd Place - Area Advancement

Job Interview: 2nd Place - Area Advancement

Kailey Simon ranked 1st overall in the Greenhand Quiz

Greenhand Creed Speaking: 3rd Place

Senior Quiz Team: 3rd Place

Radio Broadcasting: 4th Place

Senior Skills: 5th Place

Jr. Skills: 4th Place

Senior Chapter Conducting: 5th Place

Public Relations: 7th Place

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Texas Association of Future Educators

Caldwell High School TAFE (Texas Association of Future Educators) club attended the Area 5 conference. This is the first year for CHS to have a TAFE chapter at Caldwell High and compete! Awesome job!
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About Us

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.