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Waimea Middle School elects two new parent representatives to local advisory panel

Two Waimea Middle School parent representatives have been elected to serve on the school’s local advisory panel, or LAP, and will be introduced at the next meeting, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Mon., March 25, in classroom K-04.

New LAP parent representatives are Timothy Beneski and Daniel I Gomez. Beneski is the father of a seventh grade and two eighth grade students at Waimea Middle School. He is a teacher at Hawaii Preparatory Academy who has worked in education for more than 20 years.

Gomez is a psychiatric social worker with the State Department of Health and the father of a WMS seventh grade student. Gomez was involved in WMS as a community member when the school first voted to become a public charter school in 2003. He has lived in Hawaii for 30 years, and his wife also is involved in education — as a teacher in the DOE and in private schools.

All students, families, faculty, staff and community friends are invited to the March 25 meeting. There is always time set aside at the start of the meeting for comments, suggestions and concerns from all in attendance.

Dr. Kamana Beamer will conduct the meeting. The LAP meeting agenda is posted on the school’s website:

The WMS LAP is comprised of representatives of all of the school’s stakeholder groups including students, family members, certificated faculty, classified staff, administrative leadership, community leaders and partners, and representatives of Ho’okako’o Corp., the public charter school’s not-for-profit local school board. For more information, call WMS Principal Matt Horne at 887-6090, ext. 225.