Steamboat Springs Tom Miller-Freutel said his desire to serve on the School Board reflects his commitment to "education first."
"While a significant time commitment, I can think of no more important role in community service than that of promotion and improvement of our local public school system," he said.
Miller-Freutel is married with one daughter, and is the executive vice president and shareholder of Dial411/CBC Inc., a telecommunications company based in California. When the District 5 seat became vacant this spring, he applied and was appointed.
He said he feels he brings leadership, balanced and unbiased decisions, and a wealth of business knowledge to the position. He owned and operated the Inn at Steamboat for 12 years, during which time he served on various local committees and associations.
One issue that is important to him is communication and trust between all levels of the district. "For far too long, the district has been operating under a veil of distrust counterproductive to the education process and the welfare of our children," he said.
Other priorities include teacher support in the form of salary and resources, alternative financing to help address cost of living and operational expenses, and parental support and accountability.
Miller-Freutel said he would like to see more consistent parent involvement in the school district, more support for teachers and staff, and more integration of the school district into the community. Communication, he said, is key to the success of any goal.