Steamboat Springs News of Steamboat Springs School Board President Tom Miller-Freutel's resignation caught Superintendent Donna Howell a little off guard.
"When he sat down and told me, which was several days ago, I was somewhat surprised," Howell said Friday.
"I knew he was assuming more responsibilities with the business, but I didn't know how encompassing it would be. I understand. He has his first obligation to his family. He will be missed."
Miller-Freutel, who represents District 5, submitted his letter of resignation Thursday, citing an inability to devote the time needed to be an effective member.
Since his election to the board in November 2005, Miller-Freutel and his wife, Roxane, have become major shareholders in Dial411/CMC, which manages 411 service and internal information services for organizations.
A transition is under way in which Miller-Freutel's role as president of the company will be finalized.
The search to replace Miller-Freutel, who resigned effective Sept. 1, begins within District 5, which includes sections of Old Town and stretches up Fish Creek Falls Road and out toward Steamboat Boulevard and Anglers Drive.
The board member who will replace Miller-Freutel must live in that district.
"I don't know if there are some folks interested," said Howell, who lives in District 5.
Anyone interested in being on the School Board should submit a letter of interest addressed to the board.
The board can't interview applicants or appoint a replacement until it accepts Miller-Freutel's resignation, which Howell said likely will happen during the board's Aug. 28 meeting. Howell said there are no business items scheduled for the Aug. 14 meeting.
After the School Board accepts Miller-Freutel's resignation, it has 60 days to appoint a replacement, Howell said.
Because of Miller-Freutel's resignation, the School Board also will have to appoint a new president.
"I would assume the vice president would step up," board member Pat Gleason said Friday.
The board's vice president is Jeff Troeger, who was out of town and unavailable for comment.
Howell, who does not have a say in who will be the next board president, declined to speculate about what direction Troeger or the board will take. However, she did say the vice president "typically" becomes president when that role has been vacated.
The board's other members are former Strawberry Park Elementary School principal John DeVincentis and former teacher Denise Connelly.