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January 2015 is School Board Recognition Month

January 2015 WSD Salutes Board of Trustees

January 2015 is School Board Recognition Month, and the Windham School District proudly recognizes the crucial role of its Board of Trustees in the lives of offender students and the future of Texas.

WSD’s nine Governor-appointed trustees are experts in various fields, who tackle the year-round job of governing schools within the Texas prison system. While serving as the WSD Board of Trustees, they are also known as the Texas Board of Criminal Justice.  Their actions and decisions affect the present and future success of incarcerated men and women who will one day return to society.

Chairman Bell shaking handsWindham’s trustees generously donate their time and expertise, shouldering critical responsibilities and often making difficult choices. They provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for correctional education. Thanks to their efforts, WSD continues to teach industry-recognized vocational skills, literacy skills, graduate equivalent diploma courses, and behavioral change coursework, all the while helping lower recidivism rates in Texas. This success translates into better lives for the families and communities of Texas. 

Female Board Member at tableOur trustees are seen throughout the year visiting Windham schools, speaking at graduation ceremonies, discussing correctional education issues at professional and legislative meetings, and making decisions that support the far-reaching effects of schools within Texas prisons.  They are always pleased to meet Windham teachers and proud to learn of our students' success.  We are grateful for their service; they have made it possible for thousands of men and women to make better choices and prepare for new chapters of their lives.

WSD Board of Trustees
Mr. Oliver J. Bell, Chairman
Mr. Terrell McCombs, Vice-Chairman
Mr. Leopoldo R. Vasquez, III, Secretary
Mr. Eric Gambrell
Judge Larry Gist
Ms. Carmen Hiles
Ms. Janice Harris Lord
Mr. Larry Miles
Mr. Thomas P. Wingate

 

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WSD's first summer school offers reentry skills to Texas offenders - Responding to legislative leadership, the Windham School District expanded educational opportunities for offenders this July by offering summer school courses.

Message of appreciation from Chairman Oliver Bell and WSD Board of Trustees - On behalf of the Windham School Board of Trustees, I'd like to express appreciation to the Windham School District and the professional employees who provide instruction and training to offenders incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. WSD teachers impact lives while educating offenders; they provide opportunities and they give praise; they help build self-esteem.

Career Expo business presentation empowers former offender to succeed - When former offender Peter Delfs returned to prison to give a presentation at a Career Expo at Dominguez State Jail, he experienced a rewarding role reversal. Released from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) in early 2015, Delfs was in the offender audience at Dominguez State Jail when the 2014 Career Expo was held. Then he returned as a guest speaker.

Building the Workforce: Correctional educators from Windham School District  sign collaboration agreement with Gulf Coast Workforce Board,  affiliate of Workforce Solutions

Governor Greg Abbott meets Windham School District Principal Teresa Craiker while both visit with veterans about job opportunities during the recent Red, White and You job fair in San Antonio.  WSD was appreciative of the opportunity to talk to veterans about job openings in the school district. Craiker, who is principal at Dominguez State Jail, joins Windham principals statewide who serve as recruiters at events throughout the state.