The Mat-Su School Board selected 21-year Alaskan and father of nine children, Anthony Pitcher, to fill the vacant school board seat. During a Dec. 6 special meeting nine applicants were each given a chance to make their case for filling the seat vacated last month by Jacob Butcher due to a move out of state.
During his five-minute presentation, Pitcher noted that he moved to Alaska 21 years ago to work on a dairy farm. He quickly became involved in electrical work and has done that ever since.
Of his nine children, two have graduated high school, two attend charter school, two are in standard public school, one is homeschooled and the two youngest are yet to begin formal education.
According to his resume he has been active in serving with church youth programs and helping with the Boy Scouts.
After being raised by a “very patriotic father,” Pitcher told the board that he believes education should ground students in history, while preparing them for future career success. To that end, he said education should be varied and diverse with ample opportunity for students to explore viable career paths that will be both satisfying and profitable.
While he supports those who choose to attend college, Pitcher said this should be done with a concrete goal in mind so that students don’t waste time and rack up debt without a plan of action.
He told the board that, like Jacob Butcher, he shares a strong belief in parental choice when it comes to educational options. He also wants to focus on fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars.
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After three rounds of voting, the board approved Pitcher as Butcher’s replacement on a 5-1 vote.
When Butcher stepped down from his seat on Nov. 6, he was among the seven-member board’s six conservatives. Member Ted Swanson is the lone liberal voice.
Pitcher was sworn in and seated immediately after the vote and will serve until the next scheduled election in November 2024.