Diane Viser had a vision eight years ago when she decided to pursue being a member of the Clinton City School Board of Education. Having three children who are products of the local school system, Viser wanted to work and ensure all students received a great education.
Viser will spend her last day as a board member June 30, as she chose not to seek another term after serving the last eight years on the board. Fighting back tears, Viser accepted recognition during the board’s last board meeting, as board chairman Jason Walters presented her with a gift and acknowledged her for all of her hard work and dedication.
“Many people say this is a thankless job,” Viser said in a recent telephone interview. “When honestly, it’s the most gratifying job there is.”
There is no question about Viser’s opinion of public education. As a strong supporter of the platform, Viser has worked hard during her tenure to support not only the students at each of the schools, but the administration and staff.
“I feel we have put in place a really strong administration,” Viser shared. “I’m a strong supporter of Dr. Stuart Blount, among many others. We have done an excellent job strengthening the staff in Clinton City Schools and I am very supportive of those we have in place leading the schools.”
Eight years ago, when Viser decided to seek election to the board, her children were in school. At that time, she was the only board member who was sitting on that board with children currently in the school system. That, she said, allowed her to have a different perspective about what was important for Clinton City Schools.
Shortly after Viser’s election to the board, the new Clinton High School opened. Viser calls the project a “thrill to be able to bring that facility to the students.”
“Clinton City Schools and the Clinton community do a beautiful job making things happen for the students,” Viser said. “Clinton City Schools is exactly what it’s supposed to be. We have a very diverse population and the board works hard to make sure all opportunities are given to all students.”
During her tenure, there isn’t much that has been left undone, Viser said. In fact, she said she felt the system has done an excellent job in all aspects of public education.
“We have continued to fight to keep funding and we are working to attract and keep good teachers,” Viser shared. “I want this board to continue to provide options and opportunities for the students. Opportunities they deserve.”
Additionally, Viser said she would like to see the Clinton community continue to support Clinton City Schools and the administration and board who are working so hard to provide a great education for the students.
“In my years, I’ve been able to focus on what is best for the kids, and I want the board to continue to do that,” Viser said.
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