WMS Local Advisory Panel (LAP)

School Governance

Our WMS Local Advisory Panel (LAP) usually meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 4:30-5:30 PM. All invited!

Due to the COVID pandemic, meetings are virtual via Google Meets. If interested in attending, please email Patti_Cook@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.

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

For more info, please call Principal Janice English (887-6090 Ext. 222), or Development Director Patti Cook (937-2833).

Meeting dates for the 2021-2022 SY are as follows:

  • July 27, 2021

  • Aug. 17, 2021

  • Sept. 21, 2021

  • Oct. 19, 2021

  • Nov. 16, 2021

  • Jan. 18, 2022

  • Feb. 15, 2022

  • March 22, 2022

  • April 19, 2022

  • May 17, 2022

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.

Family members are asked to consider nominating themselves. Regular attendance at LAP meetings is required.

Families Invited to Self-Nominate to Serve As a Family Rep on LAP

Family members' "voice", involvement and support for their child and our entire school-community matters. Therefore, our LAP includes 3 Family Representatives who are self-nominated, and then elected by all families. We are currently recruiting one more Family Rep for this school year. Forms will be sent home in the Sept. 15 Wednesday Envelope or can be downloaded here or from the school's Facebook page. Deadline: Wed., Sept. 22, 2021. Questions? Help with printing or submitting a self-nomination form? Please call Principal Janice English (887-6090 Ext. 222), LAP Chair Phyllis Kanekuni (443-1222), or WMS Development Director Patti Cook (937-2833). 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 school year. Mahalo to all who participate to support our students and school-community.

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.