Board of Trustees

Welcome

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we welcome you to another school year at Westwood.  Since 1971, our school has built upon the tradition of preparing outstanding students for college.  This year we are systematically working toward an even higher level of college preparedness as our talented and dedicated faculty will be offering more choices for students to broaden their academic experience.

In addition to core curriculum required to graduate, our students will choose from electives such as digital filmmaking, economics, financial literacy, leadership development, communications, journalism, and psychology.   Several classes qualify for college credit, and students have the option of “Move On When Ready” (MOWR) college classes offered through partnerships with area colleges.  Advanced Placement (AP) English has been offered for almost two decades at Westwood allowing honors students to earn college credit.  The 2016-2017 school year marks our fourth year of providing dual enrollment classes at Westwood in multiple subjects either in the classroom or on-line to receive both high school and college credit.

Success in high school requires a strong foundation received from K-3 through eighth grade.  Small class sizes, safe campus, family atmosphere, solid curriculum, learning lab and extra-curricular activities are a few of the reasons Westwood successfully prepares our elementary and middle-school students for the next step.  Students benefit from Spanish, Art, Music and PE classes and can participate in sports, Quiz Bowl, clubs, and literary events.

Our educational product of over 1,000 graduates, leaders in business, law, medicine, education, agriculture, government, science, and technology, are evidence of Westwood’s tradition in providing excellence in academics.   Westwood has 45 years of academic excellence, but we never stop planning and preparing for the next year to be even better.  This year’s focus includes the development of a new strategic plan to guide our school with a renewed vision for the future.

None of this occurs without the parents and grandparents, who volunteer, donate and advocate for the best for our school.  The Board appreciates hearing your comments and concerns so we can always continue to improve the Westwood experience for you and your children.

Thank you for choosing Westwood.  You are demonstrating to your child that you are providing for them the best academic program, the highest opportunity for participation in sports and activities, and the greatest level of security in a caring, family environment to prepare them for their future.  Whether a parent, teacher or student, we are all “Ambassadors for Westwood”.   Please join me in representing our school and promoting the good things that are occurring here that make Westwood important to our children’s and our community’s economic future.

Laura Beth Tucker, Chairman
Board of Directors

Board Member Guidelines and Expectations

 

Members of the Board are the elected representatives of the parents of the school. Each board member is expected to support the school and its mission, the headmaster and his/her decisions along with decisions made by the board. Issues regarding policy, the mission of the school and leadership of the school are to be made by the Board with consultation with the headmaster. Issues regarding financial policies, enrollment, and employment terms are shared decisions between the board and the Headmaster. Operational decision (staffing, discipline, etc.) are made by the Headmaster with consultation with the Board if requested by the headmaster. It is not within the scope of the Board to handle or interfere in operation matters of the school.

The Westwood Board of Trustees has appointed the following committees:

Academic Committee

Reviews all areas of academics and curriculum within the school. This committee also recommends changes to the student handbook and responds to academic issues raised by the Faculty and Administration.

Members:

  • Ross Worsham, Chair
  • Susan Glass
  • Kristy Worsham, PTO
  • Rick Waters
  • Ross Worsham, Headmaster
  • Jennifer Good, College Counselor
  • Fran Sheffield, School Counselor
  • Betsy Caldwell, MS/HS Faculty
  • Betty Shiver
  • Andrea Stargel, Elementary Faculty
  • Holly Layton, Elementary Faculty
  • Jenni Smith, HS Faculty

Athletic Committee

Coordinates and meets with the Athletic Director to provide guidance in the long range plans of a successful athletic program at Westwood. This committee also works with coaching and equipment issues.

Members:

  • Dean Daniels (Chair)
  • Jennifer Good, Athletic Director
  • Tonya McDaniel, Booster Club
  • Ken Godwin
  • Chip Davis
  • Trey Godwin

Building/Grounds Committee

Oversees the physical condition and ongoing maintenance of all buildings, facilities and grounds. This committee also reviews all facilities for needed upgrades and maintenance.

Members:

  • Lanair Worsham, Chair
  • Greg Shiver
  • Ken Godwin
  • Trey Godwin
  • Al Timmerman, Staff Maintenance

Finance Committee

Oversees the financial operations of the school, including annual budgeting, monthly cash flow and setting tuition and fees on an annual basis. This committee also assists the Financial Director as needed with accounting questions and other financial issues.

Members:

  • Meredith Rogers, Chair
  • Lanair Worsham
  • Laura Beth Tucker
  • Chip Davis
  • Dean Daniels
  • Ken Godwin
  • Gary Allen
  • Ross Worsham, Headmaster

Grievance Committee

Works to bring a successful conclusion to a conflict that may remain unresolved through the traditional chain of command. This committee only becomes involved with an issue after attempted resolution between the parent, faculty, and administration has failed.

Members:

  • Laura Beth Tucker, Chair
  • Lanair Worsham, Vice-Chair

Recruitment/Retention Committee

Assists the Headmaster in the ongoing recruitment and publicity efforts for the school. This committee also plans the annual Open House. This committee also assists the Headmaster in the retention of Westwood families.

Members:

  • Greg Shiver, Co-Chair
  • Kristi Worsham, PTO
  • Meredith Rogers
  • GeGe Baggett, Faculty

Alumni Relations Committee

Develops and maintains a contact list of all Westwood Alumni. Communicates with Alumni to keep them informed of school events. Recognizes achievements by Alumni. Encourage participation by Alumni in school events, fundraisers, and recruiting.

Members:

  • Sarah Adams, Chair
  • Chip Davis
  • Dean Daniels
  • Trey Godwin
  • Greg Shiver
  • David Cooper
  • Lanair Worsham

Fundraising Committee

Coordinates and approves all fundraising efforts prior to inception. Identifies fundraising opportunities and oversees Annual Campaign and Endowment Program. Evaluates all school-wide fundraiser regarding profitability. Maintains master calendar of all fundraising activities and promotes these activities to Westwood families. Acknowledge fundraiser participants and donors.

Members:

  • Chip David, Chair
  • Greg Shiver
  • Gary Allen
  • Gail Lee, Faculty

Strategic Planning Committee

Makes recommendations on mission, vision, and strategic initiatives. This committee identifies critical strategic issues and assists in the analysis of alternative strategic options. Additionally, this committee establishes the strategic planning process including a five-year strategic plan with measurable goal and time targets. As plans are implemented, the committee oversees administration’s adherence to this plan and communicates the plan to stakeholders within the Westwood community. The committee reviews the strategic plan annually and recommends updates as needed and also encourages alumni participation in the implementation of the strategic plan.

Members:

  • Rick Waters, Chair
  • Gary Allen
  • Melissa Cochran
  • David Cooper
  • Vicki Davis
  • Paige Gilchrist
  • Ivey Godwin
  • Ashley Griner
  • Gail Lee
  • Tim Maxwell
  • Donnie Palmer
  • Meredith Powell
  • Greg Shiver
  • Steve Shiver
  • Jenni Smith
  • David Stargel
  • Laura Beth Tucker
  • Jud Van
  • Lanair Worsham
  • Ross Worsham

Parent Advisory Committee

Facilitates communication between parents, teachers, administration, and Board of Trustees. Solicit input and feedback from parents on how we might work together to benefit Westwood. Share information with parents regarding student achievement, student and staff safety, fundraising, policy changes, and other subjects of interest to parents. Serves as a forum for sharing innovations occurring in the classroom. Notifies Board of Trustees of any existing or emergency issues from the Westwood family. Serves as an advisory committee that makes recommendations, encourages brainstorming, and provides opportunities for parent involvement on committees. This committee promotes an active school community through parental involvement.

Members:

  • David Cooper, Chair
  • Lori Brinkley
  • Steve Collins
  • Ivey Griner
  • Amanda Heard
  • Donnie Palmer
  • Meredith Powell
  • Deigie Rock
  • Boyd Williamson

2016-2017 Westwood Board of Trustees

Laura Beth Tucker

Chairman

Tucker.laurabeth@gmail.com
Committees:

  • Finance
  • Grievance

Lanair Worsham, Jr.

Vice-Chairman

Lanairworsham@peytonspecans.com
Committees:

  • Building/Grounds (Chair)
  • Finance
  • Grievance

Rick Waters

Past-Chair

rwatersjr@hotmail.com
Committees:

  • Strategic Planning (Chair)
  • Academic

Gary Allen

Committees:

  • Fundraising
  • Finance

Dean Daniels

dean@pcbankonline.com
Committees:

  • Athletics (Chair)
  • Finance
  • Alumni Relations

Chip Davis

cdavis@familybank.com
Committees:

  • Fundraising (Chair)
  • Athletic
  • Finance
  • Alumni Relations

Susan Glass

susanglass@aol.com
Committees:

  • Academic

Ken Godwin

KBfarms46@yahoo.com
Committees:

  • Athletics
  • Building/Grounds

Trey Godwin

treygodwin@aol.com
Committees:

  • Athletics
  • Building/Grounds
  • Alumni Relations

Meredith Rogers

Meredithrogers29@gmail.com

Committees:

  • Finance (Chair)
  • Recruitment/Retention

Greg Shiver

gshiver2422@gmail.com
Committees:

  • Recruitment/Retention (Co-Chair)
  • Fundraising
  • Alumni Relations

David Cooper

PTO Representative

cooperdl33@gmail.com
Committees:

  • Parent Advisory Committee (Chair)
  • Alumni Relations

Lanair Worsham, Sr.

Grandparents Club President

lw@peytonspecans.com

Tonya McDaniel

Booster Club President

tonya@watersag.com

Committees:

  • Athletic

Kristi Worsham

PTO President

kww@peytonspecans.com
Committees:

  • Academic
  • Recruitment/Retention

Don't Be Shy. Get In Touch.

If you have an issue you feel should be brought to the attention of the Board, or if you have suggestions on how we can enhance your child’s educational experience at Westwood, feel free to contact any board member via their email address links above.