WMS Local Advisory Panel (LAP)

School Governance

Our WMS Local Advisory Panel (LAP) usually meets throughout the school year - most often on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 4:30-6PM in the STEAM Learning Center (Z105). Occasionally meetings shift to the 2nd Tuesday.

The 2022-23SY LAP Meeting dates are as follows: 9/20, 10/11, 11/29, 1/10, 2/21, 3/21, 4/11, 5/16/23.

Everyone in the school-community is welcome to all LAP meetings and time is set aside for community input at every meeting.

Due to the COVID pandemic, meetings have been virtual via Google Meets, but with the Governor's Emergency Proclamation having concluded, our Bylaws require meetings to be in person. We are working update them but for now, meetings will primarily be in person but virtual options available. If interested in attending, please come to the STEAM Learning Center (Z105) or email Janice_English@wmpccs.org.

WMS LAP Membership Roster and past meeting minutes are accessible via the link below. Minutes are posted once they've been reviewed/approved by LAP at its next meeting. Meeting agendas are posted on both this website and Ho'okako'o Corp.'s website and also WMS Facebook page prior to the meeting.

For more info, please call Principal Janice English (808-313-7500).

For LAP Member Roster, Meeting Agendas, Approved Minutes, ByLaws, Charter and related information:

Purpose of LAP

When WMS became a public conversion charter school in June 2003, LAP became a very important part of school governance. LAP provides all stakeholders (families, faculty, staff and community) an opportunity to provide input, share concerns and support student learning. LAP is advisory. According to our Bylaws, LAP consists of 3 family members, 3 teachers, 2 classified staff, the school principal, and the community development director, Ho’okako’o Corporation board members and staff, and 5 community members. All representatives except community members are self-nominated and then an election is held by their respective stakeholder group. Once elected, these names will be forwarded by the principal to Ho’okako’o Corp. for affirmation.

LAP meets monthly - the date and times to be set at the start of each school year by the group. Meetings are occasionally rescheduled to avoid conflicting with holidays and other important meetings or school events. All meetings are open to everyone, and both the meeting dates and agendas are posted in advance on the school website. All meetings provide an opportunity for interested parties to speak and bring up issues or concerns.

Questions? Please call Principal Janice English (808-313-7500), or LAP Chair Phyllis Kanekuni (808-443-1222). Mahalo!

About Ho‘okāko‘o Corporation

Ho'okāko'o Corporation (HC) is a non‐profit charter management organization and local School Governing Board for three high quality, Hawaiian-focused charter schools, including Waimea Middle School. HC serves over 1,500 children in Pre-K through 12th grade from high-need communities on Oahu, Moloka’i, and Hawai’i Island. About 81% of Ho‘okako‘o students are from low-income families, and 69% are Native Hawaiian.

For more information, contact David Y. Gibson at (808) 983-3830 or email dgibson@hookakoo.org.

Ho‛okāko‛o Website www.hookakoo.org

Ho‛okāko‛o Board Members

Ho‛okāko‛o Board Meetings

WMPCCS's Charter Contract: Renewed - July 1, 2021 thru June 30, 2026

WMS LAP Meetings have been virtual throughout the 2020-2021 but we have returned to in-person meetings for the 2022-2023 SY. Please join us.

Pre-pandemic, a monthly WMS LAP Meeting - all invited!

LAP members -- which includes representation of all school-community stakeholders -- meet regularly and participate in meaningful conversations that dig deep into the data and discuss best and promising practices as part of the Accreditation process of "continuous school improvement." All invited.