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For Immediate Release

January 14, 2010

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

Department of Corrections Updates Corrections Special School District Agreement with Department of Education

(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn announced that the department signed a new interagency agreement with the Department of Education governing the way the Correctional Special School District operates. The Corrections Special School District is comprised of Granite State High School and the Career and Technical Education Center located within all three of the state prisons and provides high school, General Educational Development (GED), and other educational opportunities for incarcerated inmates.

Commissioner Wrenn said, “This agreement defines the department’s responsibilities and informs people what we do and how we do it while providing free and appropriate education to the offender population.”

“Positive educational opportunities are important in the rehabilitation of offenders and their successful reentry into the community,” Commissioner Wrenn added.

Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry and members of her staff joined Commissioner Wrenn and members of the department’s education team in the formal agreement signing ceremony on January 14, 2010.

The agreement addresses state and federal laws concerning education and special education services. It also takes into account the security needs of providing education in a prison environment.

Over three hundred inmates participate in education programs within state corrections facilities during each quarter.


(Front row left-to-right): Education Commissioner Virginia Barry and Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn

(Back row left-to-right): Lynda Thistle-Elliot, Integrated Programs, DOE; Daniel Tanguay, DOC Education Director; Susan McKevitt, Career Development, DOE; Santina Thibedeau, Administrator, Special Education, DOE; Jay Nagy, Administrator, DOC Career and Technical Education Center; DOC Assistant Commissioner William McGonagle; and Lori Seog, Director of DOC Bureau of Programs.

DOC and DOE sign interagency agreement
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