LAP & School Governance

WMS' Charter Performance Contract, LAP By-Laws, LAP Charter, 
LAP Membership Roster, Coming LAP Meeting Agenda & Approved Minutes, and Admission Policy & Procedures are all posted below and/or at the bottom of this page.

For LAP Membership Roster, click here.  

For information on Hoʻokakoʻo Corp. -- our WMS Local School Board -- including policies and procedures, 
please scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the Ho'okako'o Corporation Subpage.

For Ho'okako'o Corp. Board Member roster, click here:!governing-board/c18i9

For Ho'okako'o Corp. board meeting agendas and minutes, 


Our first LAP Meeting for the 2018-19 SY will be 4:30-6:30 p.m., Tues, Aug. 21, 2018 - Keaoakea STEAM Learning Center Demonstration Lab - Z105.  All Invited! 

Agenda to be posted soon.  

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What is WMS LAP?  LAP represents all school stakeholder groups including families, faculty, staff, school administrators, community representatives and members of Ho’okako’o Corporation, our not-for-profit Local School Board. 

Everyone is invited to all LAP meetings and no RSVP required.  Time it provided on the agenda of every meeting for family and community input.   

For more info, scroll to the bottom of this page for LAP ByLaws, Membership Roster, etc. 

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Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on 2017-18 SY LAP Agendas & Minutes to download previous meeting minutes.  Minutes are posted upon approval.  

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Mahalo to all who participated and/or contributed to our 5th Annual Fun Run! 

For event recap and photos, please click here.

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NOTE:  WMS Families are urged to consider serving on LAP to support school progress 

by representing the needs and priorities of our families.  

The family recruitment flyer below was sent home and election ballots will go home Nov. 15.  


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WMS LAP Chair Jane Sherwood    

Jane Sherwood was appointed LAP Chair by the Ho'okako'o Corp. Board for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.  She has served on LAP as a community representative since October 2014.   


BA in Science – Nursing – Stanford University

MSN – Nursing – UH-Manoa

MBA – UH-Manoa


Ministry Development – Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i – 3 years

Director of Nursing – Kapiolani Community Hospital For Women and Children – 10 years

Professor of Nursing – Hawaii Community College – 20 years (Retired) (Included participating in the initial Accreditation team for HCC’s nursing program and two subsequent successful reviews.)

Community Service:

W.M. Keck Observatory – GuideStar (volunteer)

Blue Zones Project North Hawai’i – Engagement Committee Co-Chair (volunteer)

Community Meal at St. James – Co-Chair (volunteer)

Ho'okako'o Corporation Adds Waimea Board Leadership

Paul I. Nakayama, Ph.D.                                       

Founder, Jason Associates Corporation

Dr. Paul Nakayama was born and raised on O'ahu, in the Kaka‘ako District. He attended ‘Iolani School from grade eight forward and went on to receive his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and an M.S. in Math and Engineering Sciences from Michigan State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Purdue University. Dr. Nakayama worked for more than 40 years as a physical scientist and technical manager in the nuclear power industry and nuclear weapons complex. His experience in the weapons complex included analysis of weapons systems performance and weapons systems safety issues. As a member of the Scientific Staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he performed analysis and tests to ensure weapons survival to anti-ballistic and mil.-spec. environments. In the nuclear industry, he maintained a long-term involvement in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) reactor safety methodology for degraded core accidents, and served as an NRC Expert Witness at hearings on the Three Mile Island accident. During his career he founded, and served as President/Chief Operating Officer or in high level management positions, at two companies — Jason Associates Corporation (Jason) and JAYCOR. Most recently, Dr. Nakayama was engaged in formulating dose reconstruction and remediation strategies for contaminated atolls in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and he was the Principal Corporate Officer, responsible for overall management and work performance, for Jason’s work on the Kaho'olawe Island Model Clearance Project. After more than 50 years on the mainland, Paul returned to Hawaii in 2010, settling in the Kohala District on the Big Island. He is very happy to be back home, and spends his days serving as a Trustee on the boards for The Akaka Foundation and Hawai'i Preparatory Academy and hiking the hillside outside his front door.

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April 2017 WMS LAP Meeting - 8th Grade PREPARES student participants share an oli to begin a presentation about their recent trip to Alaska as the culminating event for a three-year National Science Foundation grant involving students in researching the impacts of climate change on their home community.  Special guests at the LAP meeting this month included our Accreditation Visiting Committee members Dr. Steve Shiraki and Susie Osborne.  

September 2016 WMS LAP Meeting - opening pule.   Special guests included Waimea Elementary's School Community Council (SCC) members to improve communications and collaboration between the two schools. 

Final WMS LAP Meeting of the 2015-16 School Year - 8th grade reading students share their research and findings as "citizen scientists" about evidence of Global Warming here in Waimea and on Hawai'i Island.  

Please click here to view video clip of oral history interviews:


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The Ho'okako'o Corporation Board came for its annual visit to Waimea Middle School April 18, 2016, first to tour classrooms and see progress on the construction of our new 9-classroom STEM Building, then holding a public meeting open to the entire school-community including LAP members.  Several new HC Board members were introduced including Nancy Barry, Manny August, Jr. and Kumau Pineda-Akiona.                                                      
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November 2015 LAP Meeting:

Mahalo to Dr. Ken Fischer for dedicating time and wisdom as a member of our Ho'okako'o Corp. Local School Board!  

October 2014 LAP Meeting:  

   Mahalo To All Who Came To Welcome Our Ho'okako'o Local School Board to Campus & Attend LAP Meeting 

Ho'okako'o Local School Board Chair Pauline Lo Bailey (4th from right) introduced HC Board members to WMS faculty and staff. 

                                     Our Ho'okako'o Corp. Local School Board conducted its own quarterly meeting, then stayed to participate in a WMS Local Advisory Panel (LAP) meeting.  

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August 2014 LAP Meeting:

Our LAP takes school governance seriously but also knows how & when to have fun! 
OK, That's Probably More What You'd Expect...our dedicated WMS LAP! 

Mahalo, Dr. Kamana Beamer!  Dr. Kamana Beamer (center holding the cake) was profusely thanked August 25 for his service as our school’s Local Advisory Panel Chair for the past two years by members of LAP and school community friends!  Kahu Billy Mitchell (extreme left) extended the community’s gratitude as did teachers and staff, and praised the school as being a place “where every child can be successful!”  He added that “kids love coming to this school.” Kamana is now pursuing tenure at UH-Manoa so is concluding his formal LAP service but has committed to helping out when needed.  Also at yesterday’s meeting, LAP members voted to recommend to our Ho’okako’o Local School Board that they appoint WMS parent and community business leader Colin Miura (extreme right) to become our new LAP Chair.  Others in the picture are (L-R) Front row: Lori Ching, Nau’i Murphy, Cherise Mundon, Janice English Somerville, Dr. Beamer, Amy Kendziorski and Erica Owens: Back row: Keawe Vredenburg, Patrick Hurney, Patti Cook, Matt Horne, Tim Beneski, Jade Bowman and Interim HC Executive Director Guy Kaulukukui.  WMS LAP meets 4:30-6 p.m., on the last Monday afternoon of every month.  Elections are being held this week for family reps.  The governance group provides all school stakeholders a place to share their wisdom and concerns and to help WMS move forward now that it has received 6-year Accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 

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MAHALO to WMS LAP members, Students, Families, Faculty, Staff and Community Friends for helping make our Sept. 12 Fun Run/Walk A Success...and helping our school become Financially Sustainable by Buying Our Own School Buses! 




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Please join us to explore an exciting opportunity for our Waimea children...

Wouldn’t a ‘Boys & Girls Club’ Be Great In Waimea!?

Update as of 9/30/14: 21 Community members and friends continued to meet to pursue starting a Boys & Girls Club. 

The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 - Thelma Parker Memorial Library.  All are invited!     

All WMS families, faculty, staff and community friends are invited to a “conversation starter” about possibly bringing a Boys & Girls Club to Waimea.  

The first “conversation” will be next Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Thelma Parker Library conference room. 

Here’s the scoop:  Several WMS families approached the school’s Local Advisory Panel (LAP) last May, expressing concern about not having safe, affordable options for childcare after-school.  What might be done about this? 

A group of WMS staff, parents and community friends met during the summer and one suggestion was to learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island (B&GCBI), which is a branch of a well regarded out-of-school program with a long history of success all over the country as well as in Hilo, and for a shorter period of time, in Pa’auilo, Pahoa, Kea’au, Na’alehu and Pahala. 

The group met with Zavi Brees-Saunders, Chief Professional Officer of B&GCBI, to see what it would take to bring this program to Waimea. She explained that a Boys & Girls Club is a whole lot more than simply childcare. Its mission is to provide place-based club environments that ensure youthful participants have a sense of belonging and place through quality programs offered by trained supportive staff and volunteers.

B&GCBI’s “formula” for helping shape “great futures” for its youth participants includes:

1)       Academic Success - students graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment;

2)       Good Character & Citizenship – students become engaged citizens involved in the community, register to vote and model strong character; and

3)       Healthy Lifestyles – students adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices, and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.

This sounded very appealing so the group asked if B&GCBI would start a program in Waimea?  They said “yes” -- but it’s not without cost.  While the fee to participate is less than $20 per child per year, the program requires a facility and staff, and how to pay for this is the question. 

The other big question is how many families and how many students might actually use such a program?  Many children already participate in after-school programs – tutoring, sports, robotics, etc.  These programs do not run every day so a detailed needs assessment is a priority.       

Hence the Tuesday, August 26 meeting will start the exploration process. 

All of Waimea – families and community friends – are invited – both to help assess what’s currently available and to explore what more may be needed. 

“Please join us – we think there are many in town with a need or interest in helping shape great futures for kids,” said WMS parent Patrick Hurney, who in his professional life runs Habitat for Humanity in West Hawai'i.

For more information about B&GCBI, go do For more information about this meeting, call WMS Vice Principal Amy Kendziorski (887-6090 Ext. 227).  Mrs. K (as she is called) started what is today a thriving Boys and Girls Club in Durango.


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Mahalo To Families & Friends For Attending Our March 31 LAP Meeting With the Accreditation Visiting Committee! 

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Mahalo to All Who Turned Out for our Local Advisory Panel's I KAIR Campus Clean-Up Day!  

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WMS 'Take a LAP' Benefit Fun Run/Walk!!!

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Minutes from the most recent LAP meeting will be reviewed and approved at the next LAP meeting, and then be posted at the bottom of this page.  Previous meeting minutes and agendas can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. 

A warm mahalo to "Uncle Pete" Hendricks for many years of service to WMS -- first as a parent and grandparent, and more recently as a long-time community member of our Local Advisory Panel!  

We PROMISE to keep calling on you! 

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At the Feb. 25, 2013 meeting of LAP, the agenda included the following discussion of members' Vision & Values: 

1.       6-Month LAP Vision Check-Up – Led by Dr. Kamana Beamer, Chair

a.       Very similar to the July 30, 2012 meeting.  Each LAP member will be asked to share his or her mana’o after half a year as part of LAP.  This open-ended opportunity yielded a great deal of valuable information and guidance the last time around.  Please come prepared to share for 2 minutes about the following:

                        i.      As a member of LAP, what are you hoping to see us accomplish and contribute to the school in the coming months and years?

                      ii.      What do you hope to see for WMS in the coming months and years?

                     iii.      What questions do you still have about WMS’ present or future?

The following recaps the input and discussion that occured:

WMS LAP members & friends were asked to share their Vision & Values for the school and LAP at the July 30, 2012 meeting:

Note: More detailed notes were captured at both meetings.

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Community Leader Dr. Christian Veillet Concludes School Advisory Service; Robert Lindsey Joins

           WMS Local Advisory Panel Asked For Feedback On Use of Time 

To Guide Design of School's 2013-’14 Master Schedule at Jan. 28 Meeting

“If we just had more time…”  This and similar thoughts about thoughtful use of every minute of the school day have been carefully considered, researched and discussed by teachers and school staffs all across the nation in recent weeks as work has begun to design master schedules for the 2013-’14 school year – and Waimea Middle School is no exception.

Using an online “School Time Analysis Tool” developed by the National Center For Time and Learning – a respected not-for-profit working with dozens of school districts across the country – the WMS Local Advisory Panel (LAP) will be asked for feedback on master schedule planning and use of time during its next school-community meeting from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Mon., Jan. 28, 2013 in Classroom K-04

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Background on WMS' Local Advisory Panel (LAP)

When WMS became a Public Conversion Charter School in June 2003, a Local Advisory Panel (LAP) became a very important part of local school governance - assuring all stakeholders (families, students, faculty, staff and community) have an opportunity to provide input, share concerns and support student learning.  The WMS LAP consists of 3 family members, 3 students and alternates, 3 teachers, 2 classified staff, school administration, one Ho’okako’o rep, and 5 community members, all who act in an advisory capacity.  All representatives except community members are self-nominated and then an election is held by their respective groups.  Once elected, official school election results are forwarded by the Principal to the Ho`okāko`o board for approval.

LAP meetings are generally once a month in the late afternoon on a day best suited to most members. 

All meetings are open to everyone, agendas are posted in advance and always provide an opportunity for interested parties to speak and bring up issues or concerns.

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Click On The Files Below To Download:

1) WMS Admissions Policy & Procedures (approve March 12, 2015) 

2) WMS' LAP Charter & ByLaws

4) LAP Membership Roster (updated February 2018)

5) LAP Meeting Agendas 

6) Approved Meeting Minutes

7) Our Ho'okako'o Corporation ByLaws, 2012 Strategic Plan, Policies, Procedures, etc., click on subpage below.