After being selected as the next leader of the Clinton City Board of Education, Jason Walters humbly spoke about his new position.
“I appreciate the votes and I will do my best to uphold the position,” he said.
The Clinton City Board of Education reorganized during a Monday meeting. Walters was chosen as chairman and Carol Worley was selected as vice chairwoman.
“I’m happy that they put the faith in me to moderate the meetings,” Walters said.
Like Walters, Worley was also appreciative of the selection.
With budget issues looming, finances will probably be a major topic of discussion at upcoming meetings. It’s one of their concerns, the two noted.
“Right now, we’re sitting on the edge of our seats, watching what the county commission and legislators are going to do,” Walters said.
For Worley, the budget is also a concern. Over the years, Worley said school officials have tried to make accommodations for it.
“The budget is really a big issue right now,” she said.
Some of the others issues include the Common Core, other curriculum items and making sure teachers have what they need to teach in the classroom.
“We want to make sure that kids are served at the highest level,” Walters stressed.
Walters has been a board member for three years and is involved in local organizations.
“I have always had a vested interest in the community,” he said. “It’s hard to say that you make a difference if you don’t get involved.”
The Robeson County native is a quality assurance manager for Schindler Elevator and has lived in the area since 1993. He is married to Jeannie; they have one son, Reid, a student at Sampson Middle School.
Walters said he enjoys representing the school system and appreciates the support the system and its schools receive.
“What’s good about Clinton City Schools is that people get involved,” Walters said. “The school system and the community are strong together and they care about the kids.”
Worley is currently serving her second term on the board. She was recently elected for another four years. Her decision to become a board member began with her volunteer work in the community.
“I felt like there was something else I needed to be doing,” Worley said.
The Charlotte native indicated that she wants to help students and parents through the education process.
“You often see children who don’t have a voice, Worley said. “I felt like I can be the voice for them.”
Her husband is Anthony Worley and they have three children attending schools in Clinton: Kamyrn, 8, Butler Avenue School; Jayda, 10, Sunset Avenue School; and Lauryn, a sophomore at Clinton High School.
She graduated from North Carolina State with a bachelor’s degree in marketing education for teachers and earned her master’s in business administration from Pfeiffer University.
“But my heart is with children,” she said about making decisions for education.
Worley is currently a sales and service representative II at First Citizens Bank.
Along with finances, she wants to make sure children are not left out. She said students who are highly successful or underachieving receive a lot of attention. “I want to make sure that the middle group does not get left out,” she said.
As vice chair, Worley said she does not have an agenda.
“I’m here to meet the greater needs and provide as many opportunities as we can for children,” she said. “That’s my main focus.”
The positions of chairperson and vice chairperson were previously held by Georgina Zeng and E.R. Mason.
Before the vote Monday, board member Randall Barefoot was nominated for both the chairman and vice chairman’s position, but did not garner the support needed to hold either position. Diane Viser nominated him both times.
Mason nominated Walters for chairman and Worley for vice chair. Only Viser and Barefoot didn’t cast votes in their favor.
In addition to the reorganization, Tammy Cashwell from the Sampson County Clerk’s Office administered the Oath of Office to Barefoot, Worley and Zeng. The three board members were re-elected during the May election for a four-year term. All terms expire in 2018.
Terms for Walter, Mason and Diane Viser expire in 2016.