Jack Reutzel, an attorney, wants a seat on the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education.
“I’ve never been in an education environment as a job,” he said. “That could be a positive.”
A 20-year resident of the Bow Mar neighborhood, Reutzel and Robert Reichert are the only school-board candidates who live in Littleton proper. His son graduated from Littleton High School and his daughter is a sophomore at Heritage. He says his kids have been happy, engaged and fulfilled during their time in LPS.
“The board has been really constructive the last several years, and they have a great working relationship,” he said. “Clearly, they’re doing something right. … I don’t think there’s an overhaul necessary, but you always want to tweak. Just because we’re great now doesn’t mean we need to sit on our hands for the next 10 years.”
Like the other candidates, he hopes the next board will maintain the positive.
“I would want all school board members to come in without an agenda,” he said. “I want candidates who understand what they don’t know, seek to find the answers and make a decision in the best interest of our kids. That’s what I want a board member to be, and I think that’s what I’d be.”
He thinks his career and the fact that he ran a business have prepared him for a place on the board.
“I try to build consensus, but when the time comes to make a decision, I make it,” he said.
Reutzel and his wife, Karen, maintained a private practice in the Coors Building on Main Street for several years, but they both now work at the Denver firm of Fairfield and Woods. Specializing in land-use issues, he earned his law degree from the University of Denver and his master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
“I’m proud of what Karen and I have been able to accomplish,” he said. “Raising our kids, having the friends we have and the work that we do.”
He feels the board’s job is to help allocate available resources in such a way as to best let the teachers teach and the students learn.
“I’m not running to be the tech guy. I’m not running to be the finance director or the superintendent,” he said. “But I want to make their jobs as easy as possible by giving them the resources we have.”
Like the other four candidates, Reutzel hopes the current board decides to place an $80 million bond issue on the November ballot that would go toward maintaining infrastructure.
“The buildings are the district’s biggest asset,” he said. “There is lots of stuff that needs to happen to bring them into this new age of technology.”
The election is Nov. 5. Four people besides Reutzel have officially declared they’re running: Dallas Jones, Kelly Perez, Robert Reichert and Carrie Warren-Gully.
LPS canceled its last two elections when nobody stepped up to run against the incumbents. This time, Bob Colwell, Renee Howell and Sue Chandler are all finishing their second four-year terms and cannot run again due to term limits.