The Steamboat Springs School Board unanimously appointed Tom Miller-Freutel to the 5th Director District seat at its Monday meeting.
Miller-Freutel, a 15-year Steamboat Springs resident who has been active in various organizations, said he looks forward to the job.
"This will be fun," he said. "It'll be very challenging."
Miller-Freutel plans to run for the seat in November. He was the only applicant for the seat.
Miller-Freutel said he thinks the School Board has done a great job, as evidenced by student achievement, what students do after high school and other measurements.
But, he said there are substantial upcoming issues that he wants to help prepare for and address.
One, he said, is the School District's small surplus that could get smaller or disappear if the state's budget crisis continues. His good business sense and experience with budgeting and negotiating should help when addressing financial issues, he said.
Other important issues include special-needs students and teacher retention and morale issues. Miller-Freutel said his previous involvement with the community, interpersonal skills and willingness to be open-minded would help him be an asset to the School Board.
Plus, he has a 15-year-old daughter in the school system.
The position was vacated when Michael Loomis moved out of the 5th Director District. Loomis recently was appointed to the 1st Director District, replacing Tami Havener.