Board Chair, Jean Ellis, took the vote which was unanimous in support of Litster.
“Motion passes, congratulations,” Ellis said.
At the meeting, Litster took the oath and talked about how she has wanted to serve on the school board for several years. She said part of the reason is because she has four young children who will be in the school system until the year 2030.
“I’m very interested in ensuring their quality education and supporting our schools,” Litster said. “So, I’m happy to that the opportunity to serve on the board so I can do those things.”
Besides her own four children, Litster is particularly interested in students with special needs. She works as a Family Services Coordinator for REACH, Inc. an agency that supports people of all ages with intellectual disabilities. She is also a Guardian ad Litem for Petersburg and Wrangell where she advocates for children in court through the Office of Public Advocacy.
“I have a big interest in the special education system and how to keep that strong, how to meet the needs of kids with special needs, particularly in Rural Alaska,” Litster said. “So, I’m excited to get to see the other side of it and hopefully learn more and hopefully can better support them at work and maybe offer something to the school as well.”
At the meeting High School Principal Rick Dormer said the school has worked with Litster through the REACH program and said it’s been a positive experience.
“It’s been a very good relationship, it’s continued to get stronger and we really appreciate that and her skills are very professional,” Dormer said. “So we really appreciate working with her for several years now.”
Petersburg resident, Jay Lister, has also applied to be a board member until the borough election. He was unable to attend the meeting. The board is tentatively set to meet with him May 9.