Board of Trustees

Welcome

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we welcome you to another school year at Westwood.  Although there have been many changes at Westwood in the recent year, the Board wants to reassure parents that we are making all the preparations necessary to ensure that this school will be successful for many years to come both academically and financially. Since 1971, our school has built upon the traditions 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 film making, economics, financial literacy, leadership development, communications, journalism, and psychology. Several classes qualify for college credit, and students have the option of Dual Enrollment (DE) 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.

Success in high school begins with a strong foundation received from K-3 through eighth grade.  Small class sizes, safe campus environment, 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. By doing so, 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.  No matter if you are 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.

Lanair Worsham Jr.
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:

  • Susan Glass, Chair
  • Courtney Rubendall
  • Greg Shiver
  • Cara Summerlin Parent Representative
  • Kristi Worsham, Parent Representative
  • Betty Shiver, Consultant
  • Kevin Cloud, Headmaster
  • Dicksy Hinesley, Curriculum Director/College Counselor

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:

  • Tonya McDaniel, Chair
  • Jimbo Hale, Athletic Director
  • Steve Collins
  • Chip Davis
  • Michael Shiver, Parent Representative

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:

  • Cader Cox,  Chair
  • Greg Shiver
  • Donnie Palmer, Parent Representative

Communications/Marketing

Works to promote Westwood by showing the value of a private school education through press releases or content for local media sources, social media sources and school website.  Develops and implements marketing initiatives and activities to increase awareness of Westwood.

Members:

  • David Cooper, Chair
  • Ginna Waters, Facebook Coordinator
  • Cara Summerlin, Writer
  • Paige Johnson, Website Coordinator
  • Heather Cox, PTO
  • Steve Shiver, Parent Representative

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:

  • Lanair Worsham, Jr., Chair
  • Steve Collins, 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, Chair
  • Courtney Rubendall
  • Susan Keigans
  • Christy Ward, PTO Representatvie
  • Heather Cox, PTO
  • Jenny Bostick

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:

  • Christy Ward-PTO Representative, Chair
  • Lori Brinkley
  • Kristi Worsham
  • David West
  • Amanda Heard
  • Donnie Palmer
  • Meredith Powell
  • Deigie Rock
  • Boyd Williamson
  • Cara Summerlin
  • Tara Childress

Finance/Fundraising/GOAL/Grants

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 Davis, Chair-Fundraising
  • Laura Beth Tucker, Chair-GOAL/Grants
  • Lanair Worsham, Jr.
  • Gary Allen
  • Tonya McDaniel
  • Steve Collins
  • Kevin Cloud, Headmaster

Strategic Planning Implementation Team

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:

  • David Cooper, Chair
  • Jenny Bostick, Facilitator
  • Chip Davis
  • Gary Allen
  • Kevin Cloud, Headmaster
  • Lynwood Griner, Faculty
  • Rick Waters
  • Donnie Palmer
  • Gail Lee, Faculty
  • Laura Beth Tucker
  • Meredith Powell
  • David Stargel

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:

  • Susan Keigans, Chair
  • Christy Ward
  • Cader Cox, IV
  • Steve Shiver, Parent Representative
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By-Law Review AD-HOC Committee

Members:

  • Laura Beth Tucker, Chair
  • David Cooper
  • Tonya McDaniel
  • Duane Bentley
  • Meredith Rogers

2018-2019 Westwood Board of Trustees

Gary Allen

gary.allen@okinus.com
Committees:

  • Finance/Fundraising
  • Strategic Planning

Steve Collins

Vice Chair

s71collins@aol.com
Committees:

  • Finance/Fundraising
  • Grievance
  • Athletic

 

David Cooper

cooperdl33@gmail.com
Committees:

  • Strategic Planning, Chair
  • Communications/Marketing, Chair

Cader Cox, IV

civ@riverviewplantation.com
Committees:

  • Building/Grounds, Chair
  • Alumni Relations

Heather Cox

PTO President

heather@riverviewplantation.com
Committees:

  • Recruitment/Retention
  • Communications/Marketing

Chip Davis

Treasurer

cdavis@familybankonline.com
Committees:

  • Finance – Chair
  • Fundraising – Chair
  • Athletic
  • Strategic Planning

Susan Glass

susanlglass@aol.com
Committees:

  • Academic, Chair

Susan Keigans

susan@pcbank.net
Committees:

  • Recruitment/Retention
  • Alumni Relations, Chair

Tonya McDaniel

Booster Club President

tonya@watersag.com
Committees:

  • Athletic, Chair
  • By-Law Review AD-HOC
  • Finance/Fundraising

Courtney Rubendall

Secretary

cdrubendall@gmail.com
Committees:

  • Recruitment/Retention
  • Academic

Greg Shiver

gshiver@ppmh.org
Committees:

  • Recruitment/Retention, Chair
  • Building/Grounds

Laura Beth Tucker

tucker.laurabeth@gmail.com
Committees:

  • Finance/Fundraising – GOAL/Grants Chair
  • Strategic Planning
  • By-Law Review AD-HOC

Christy Ward

PTO Representative

cef198@yahoo.com
Committees:

  • Recruitment/Retention
  • Alumni Relations
  • Parent Advisory

Lanair Worsham, Jr.

Chairman

Lanairworsham@peytonspecans.com
Committees:

  • Finance/Fundraising
  • Grievance

Lanair Worsham, Sr.

Grandparents Club President

lw@peytonspecans.com

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.