Board of Trustees

Meeting Minutes

August 2021

Welcome

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we welcome you to Westwood’s 50th year! Founded in 1971, our school has continued to strive towards excellence and has built upon the traditions of preparing outstanding students for college and beyond. 

As we take this year to look back at our beginnings, we are mindful and grateful of the sacrifices many people and businesses have made to help us produce leaders who succeed on college campuses, and give back to their communities. We are also grateful to every teacher and staff member that has impacted our students over these past 50 years. Thank you for loving our students and preparing them for life. Because of all you have done, Westwood is known for producing students who not only excel academically, but also lead and find areas to serve. Their ability to handle all that is required of them as a Westwood student enables them to thrive as they enter their college years and beyond. 

The Westwood Board of Trustees is committed to responsibly managing what has been entrusted to us, to ensure the viability of our school well into the future. We are grateful that our school was founded by individuals who had a strong belief in God, and that belief still stands firm 50 years after our inception. 

We know that 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, our internationally recognized 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 well 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.  Even though we have over 50 years of academic excellence, we never stop planning and preparing for the next year to be even better.  This year’s focus includes the evaluation and updating of our strategic plan to continue guiding 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. We are proud and honored to say that we are currently educating three generations of Westwood students. For our Westwood Family, that means a lot. No matter if you are a parent, teacher, alumni, 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. 

Susan Glass
Chairman, Board of Directors
Westwood Class of 1988

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:

Committee on Trustees

  • Heather Lanier, Chair
  • Lanair Worsham, Jr.
  • Cader Cox, IV

Booster Club President

  • Lezlie Hay
  • Kelley Joyner

PTO President

  • Jessica & Mark Adams

PTO Representative

  • Kelley Smith

Grandparent’s Club President

  • Lanair Worsham, Sr.

 

 

 

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:

  • Heather Lanier, Chair
  • Kelley Joyner
  • Chip Davis
  • Chris & Lori Nurmi
  • Teagan Willis
  • Steve Shiver
  • Sarah Adams
  • Amanda Heard

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:

  • Hunter Spence,  Chair
  • Cader Cox
  • Brent Collins
  • Chris Nurmi

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:

  • Christy Ward, Chair
  • Amanda Heard, Facebook Coordinator
  • Paige Johnson, Website Coordinator
  • Kelley Smith, PTO Representative
  • Heather Cox, Parent Representative
  • Steve Shiver, Parent Representative
  • Teagan Willis, 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:

  • Susan Glass, Chair
  • Cader Cox, IV, 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:

  • Christy Ward, Chair
  • Amanda Heard, Facebook Coordinator
  • Paige Johnson, Website Coordinator
  • Kelley Smith, PTO Representative
  • Heather Cox, Parent Representative
  • Steve Shiver, Parent Representative
  • Teagan Willis, Parent Representative

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:

  • Kelley Smith, Chair
  • Amanda Heard
  • Kristi Worsham
  • Boyd Williamson
  • Meredith Powell
  • Tara Childress
  • Susan Shiver
  • Paige Gilchrist
  • Stan Huey
  • Hunter Spence
  • Joseph Rackley

By-Law Review Ad-Hoc

Members:

  • Laura Beth Tucker, Chair
  • Steve Shiver
  • Chip Davis

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.

Finance & Grants Members:

  • Laura Beth Tucker, Chair
  • Chip Davis
  • Christy Ward
  • Susan Glass
  • Harrell Rackley
  • Lanair Worsham, Jr.
  • Cader Cox, IV
  • Keith Croft, Headmaster

Fundraising & GOAL Members:

  • Cader Cox, IV, Chair
  • Laura Beth Tucker
  • Lanair Worsham, Jr.
  • Brent Collins
  • Chris Nurmi
  • Harrell Rackley

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:

  • Susan Glass
  • Jenny Bostick
  • Cader Cox
  • Keith Croft, Headmaster

2019-2020 Westwood Board of Trustees

Steve Collins

Vice-Chair

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Committees:

  • Finance & Fundraising
  • Personnel Grievance
  • Building & Grounds

 

David Cooper

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Committees:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Communications & Marketing
  • By-Law Review AD-HOC

Cader Cox, IV

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Committees:

  • Building & Grounds
  • Alumni Relations
  • Committee on Trustees

Chip Davis

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Committees:

  • Finance & Fundraising
  • Strategic Planning

Susan Glass

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Committees:

  • Finance & Fundraising
  • Committee on Trustees

Ashley Griner

PTO Representative

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Committees:

  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Parent Advisory Committee

Heather Lanier

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Committees:

  • Alumni Relations

Tonya McDaniel

Booster Club President

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Committees:

  • By-Law Review AD-HOC
  • Finance & Fundraising
  • Committee on Trustees

Harrell Rackley

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Committees:

  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Alumni Relations

Courtney Rubendall

Secretary

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Committees:

  • Recruitment/Retention

Laura Beth Tucker

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Committees:

  • Finance & Fundraising
  • By-Law Review AD-HOC

Christy Ward

PTO President

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Committees:

  • Recruitment & Retention

Lanair Worsham, Jr.

Chairman

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Committees:

  • Finance & Fundraising
  • Building & Grounds
  • Personnel Grievance

Lanair Worsham, Sr.

Grandparents' Club President

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.