Greeley-Evans School District 6 picks family physician Brenda Campos-Spitze as new board of education member | #Education

Dr. Brenda Campos-Spitze, a family physician in Greeley, was selected by the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education for a one-year appointment to the seven-person board Monday evening, filling the seat left with the resignation of Pepper Mueller earlier this fall.

Campos-Spitze, who works at Sunrise Community Health according to her LinkedIn page, will serve out the remainder of Mueller’s term until November 2023. Campos-Spitze may then choose to run for election to the seat next year.

Campos-Spitze was appointed on a 4-2 vote on the fifth round of voting during the board’s regular meeting in the district administration building.

Board member Kyle Bentley made the motion to nominate Campos-Spitze — for the second time, and the motion was seconded by Natalie Mash. Bentley and Mash were joined by board president Michael Mathews and vice president Terri Papps in voting for Campos-Spitze.

Rob Norwood and Taylor Sullivan opposed the nomination.

Dr. Brenda Campos-Spitze, a family physician at Sunrise Community Health, was appointed to the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. Campos-Spitze will serve a 1-year appointment in filling the seat left vacant with Pepper Mueller’s resignation this fall. (Campos-Spitze LinkedIn).

One of six finalists for the appointment, Campos-Spitze was selected over Raymond Amaya, Araceli Calderón, Jayme Clapp, Mariah Foster and Scott Rankin. The board interviewed the finalists at its Nov. 1 meeting. Campos-Spitze is scheduled to take the oath of office at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the District 6 Administration Building on 9th Avenue in Greeley.

Campos-Spitze earned her doctor of medicine degree (M.D.) in 2014 from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, according to her LinkedIn page. She has a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a bachelor of science degree from the University of California Davis.

Calderon ran for the board in 2021. Rankin is a former member. He served a two-year term from 2011-13 to finish Doug Kershaw’s term following Kershaw’s resignation in 2010. Rankin is currently a member of the district’s mill levy override oversight committee.

They were both nominated twice during the appointment process Monday evening, and both times Calderon and Rankin failed to win appointment.

Norwood opened the appointment process by nominating Rankin. Sullivan seconded the nomination. Rankin was the registered agent on Norwood’s campaign for the school board in 2021. The nomination failed on a 3-3 vote.

Pappas nominated then Calderon and it was seconded by Mash. Calderon’s nomination also failed on a 3-3 vote. Pappas and Mash supported Calderon in her run for the board last fall. Mathews said expressed his support for Calderon prior to the vote.

New Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education member Kyle Bentley is sworn into his seat by Greeley Municipal Judge Mark Gonzales during a board meeting Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 at the district administration building in Greeley. Bentley was sworn in as a new member along with Taylor Sullivan and Rob Norwood. Board president Michael Mathews was also sworn in after winning re-election on Nov. 2.
New Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education member Kyle Bentley is sworn into his seat by Greeley Municipal Judge Mark Gonzales during a board meeting Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 at the district administration building in Greeley. Bentley was sworn in as a new member along with Taylor Sullivan and Rob Norwood. Board president Michael Mathews was also sworn in after winning re-election on Nov. 2.

Bentley then nominated Campos-Spitze for the first time, but the motion failed for lack of a second.

At this point, with the third nomination failed, Mash asked Mathews to explain the process of continuing to appoint a board member. Mathews said the board will continue to receive nominations until someone receives four votes. If an applicant failed to reach four votes, then Mathews as board president would appoint the new board member.

“I feel like where we can get to a place where, hopefully, we can get to four votes,” Mathews said.

Pappas next re-nominated Calderon and received a second again from Mash. The vote failed 3-3. Norwood followed with another nomination of Rankin with a second again from Sullivan. The vote failed 2-4, with Bentley, Mash, Papps and Mathews in opposition.

Bentley re-nominated Campos-Spitze, earning a second from Mash and the appointment was won.

No other candidates were nominated.

This is the second time in four years the District 6 board has filled a seat by appointment. In October 2018, then-board president Roger DeWitt announced his resignation by the end of the calendar year. DeWitt was in his second term at the time.

Mash was chosen to fill the rest of DeWitt’s term, which expired in November 2019. Mash was elected to the board that year for a term that expires in 2023.

EVANS, CO - AUGUST 16:Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education President Michael Mathews speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new addition to Chappelow Arts Magnet School in Evans Aug. 16, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
EVANS, CO – AUGUST 16:Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education President Michael Mathews speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new addition to Chappelow Arts Magnet School in Evans Aug. 16, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

Mathews was selected as the board president after DeWitt’s resignation. Mathews earned a second term in 2021 and remains the board president.

Campos-Spitze board member will be seated for the first time at the Dec. 12 meeting. The board voted Monday to cancel its meeting scheduled for Nov. 28.

Prompted by Bentley, Mathews explained the reason for the cancellation is board has a busy week that week after Thanksgiving — with board of education professional development with the Colorado Association of School Boards convention Dec. 1-3 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

 



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