Division of Operations
The Division of Operations directs and manages initiatives to support the district’s mission. The division includes the following primary functions: Business Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Operational Support.
Business Services provides support for Accounting, Accounts Payable, Budget, Payroll, Purchasing and Warehousing.
Human Resources is organized to foster, reinforce and sustain fair, equitable and consistent application of programs, policies, laws and services necessary to support the district’s mission to reduce recidivism.
The division consistent of 7 employees who oversee the district’s recruiting, applicant selection, personnel record maintenance, salary schedules, performance evaluation management, policy, program staffing, substitutes, service awards, certification, staff development, job description, benefits/insurance, and contracts.
Information Technology provides services to all Windham Administrative Offices. The services provided include:
1. Providing analysis of computer needs
2. Developing specifications for computer purchases
3. Providing assistance with office automation
4. Providing programming for custom application development
5. Providing programming for data reporting
6. Providing training and assistance for end users
7. Scanning of student testing
Operational Support provides direct oversight of compliance and operational reviews, attendance policies, campus planning and development and coordination of ITP guidelines. The department also oversees district and student achievement reporting, program evaluation and records retention. Operational Support coordinates internal and external research and serves as the educational liaison to private prisons, parole and American Correctional Association (ACA) initiatives. The Recreation program, ECHO Newspaper and the Radio and Television programs are also under the supervision of the department.
Special Programs and Populations
Division of Special Programs and Populations
The Special Programs and Populations Division consists of Counseling, Testing, and Records; Library Services departments and Title I, Special Education, and ESL programs. The Special Programs and Populations Division is dedicated to supporting quality instruction in our District. Counseling, Testing, and Records is responsible for the district’s testing program, management of educational assessments and maintaining educational records. Library Services provides offenders with a wide variety of books and materials to support the district’s educational program. Title I is a supplemental program provided for underachieving students who are 21 years of age or younger. Special Education is provided for students with learning disabilities. ESL, English as a Second Language, is a program for students with limited English proficiency. All these programs and services work to enhance our instructional division.
Counseling, Testing and Records
, Administrator (936) 291-5341
The Counseling, Testing and Records Department is responsible for the district’s testing program, including one of the largest GED testing programs in the nation. The department is also responsible for the management of educational assessments as offenders enter the correctional system and for maintaining educational records. Staff respond to legal and offender requests for educational records and process high school diploma, GED and college claim verifications.
The Counseling, Testing and Records Department provides administrative support and supervision to unit education staff. WSD employs certified counselors to provide a comprehensive guidance program at the unit level. The counselors provide program information to potential students and enroll eligible students in appropriate educational programs. Counselors maintain career information centers, provide career guidance activities, and assist offenders with the development of career path plans to enable them to make informed educational and occupational choices. In addition, counselors coordinate the administration of standardized educational achievement tests, coordinate and administer the GED tests. They also assist students in developing problem solving skills, communication skills, self-awareness, and stress coping abilities.
WSD Counselors are an integral part of the district’s testing program. Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) are administered to all incoming TDCJ offenders to determine each offender’s educational level. In addition, offenders enrolled in WSD academic programs are tested periodically throughout the school year to monitor student progress. Offenders also participate in an assessment of vocational aptitude and interest prior to enrollment in Career and Technical Education programs.
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions and more information on how to Request Educational Records (GED, Transcripts, NCCER Industry certificates).
Library Services offer offenders a wide variety of books, reference collections, and materials in support of educational programs, as well as recreational reading. Librarians and clerks operate unit libraries and maintain library inventories. Librarians promote the use of libraries with library orientations, poetry contests, book reports, art contests and essay contests. They also maintain newspaper and magazine subscriptions at each library.
People helping people is the essence of volunteering in correctional education. Volunteers are active on advisory boards and committees, in education, vocational and life skills training. Correctional volunteers:
1. Provide assistance with specific activities and programs.
2. Promote personal growth and development.
3. Help facilitate an offender's reentry into the community.
Special Programs and Populations
Public Information Act (Open Records Requests)Pursuant to Chapter 552.201, Texas Government Code:
The Superintendent of the Windham School District (WSD) has designated the WSD Office of the General Counsel as the recipient of all transmitted EMAIL and FACSIMILE requests under the Public Information Act. For such requests the address, email address and facsimile number shall be as follows:
Windham School District
Office of the General Counsel
P.O. Box 40
Huntsville, TX 77342-0040
Facsimile: (936) 436-4031
ATTENTION: FOR STUDENT RECORDS REQUEST SEE BELOW
Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (Student Records Requests)
Pursuant to 20 U.S.C. Section 1232g:
The WSD Superintendent has designated the WSD Counseling, Testing and Records Department as an alternate recipient of FACSIMILE requests under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Email requests shall be accepted only if a signed release is scanned and emailed as an attachment, as FERPA allows the release of educational records only through a signed request or in response to a subpoena. For requests of student records, the address, email address and facsimile number of the WSD Counseling, Testing and Records Department shall be as follows:
Windham Records Department
P.O. Box 40
Huntsville, TX 77342-0040
Facsimile: (936) 291-5344
Click here for Release Form