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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'We are Windham' video proudly explains why, how WSD changes lives. Now available online. - "We are Windham. We are ready for change. We are second chances for men and women formerly incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. We change our society." So begins "We are Windham," a recruitment and informational video created by WSD explaining why Windham focuses on helping offenders across Texas become job-ready and change their lives for success upon release.

Windham Career Expo inside TDCJ's Terrell Unit brings employers, hiring support directly to offenders - Offenders gathered to hear from a variety of employees and professionals speaking about industry jobs and work opportunities for post- release offenders. With more than 160 students in attendance at five one-hour long sessions, there were many men eager to hear what visitors had to say. Ten volunteers and community leaders from five different companies came into this Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility in Rosharon, Texas, to talk directly to students about employment opportunities.

A message from Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter & Martha Fields, Interim Director of Instructional Division:

THANK YOU, Windham Principals,  for your outstanding work in leading our schools!

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed October 2017 as “Principals Month” in Texas. Across the nation, states are taking the time to thank principals for their dedication to creating student success and school safety. Windham School District principals are no exception!

Principals are expected to be educational leaders, disciplinarians, community builders, spokesmen, budget analysts and guardians of policy mandates and initiatives. Principals set the academic tone for their schools and work collaboratively with teachers to set performance objectives and maintain high curriculum standards.  Despite the challenges of working within the physical confines of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, these educators provide the leadership, hard work and vision required to help their adult students rebuild their lives and reach for second chances.

We are sincerely grateful to WSD principals for the daily hard work, expertise and passion they share to help others transform their lives.  They are making a difference every day!  Please tell them “Thank you!” for a job well done!

WSD Principals… and district staff meet at “Blueprint Training” in Navasota to map out plans for focused leadership strategies, improved learning experiences and a successful year for Windham students and programs.

WSD Principals… and district staff meet at “Blueprint Training” in Navasota to map out plans for focused leadership strategies, improved learning experiences and a successful year for Windham students and programs.

'One day at a time' - W. Thomas sits on a bench outside the bus station on 12th Street, grinning as he enjoys his first cigarette in two years. Thomas served the past 24 months in a Texas prison for narcotics charges. It's Friday morning and Thomas is one of about 40 former inmates who just walked out of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Huntsville "Walls" Unit as free men after paying their debts to society. He's waiting for the Greyhound bus to show up to take him to his hometown of Houston where he intends to begin again.

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