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Camp Hill School District School Director

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    Melanie Gurgiolo (Dem, Rep) Homemaker

  • Steve Karl (Dem, Rep)

  • Gregory Lamay (Dem, Rep)

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    Arthur Pursel Jr. (Rep) Alliance Business Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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    Brant Underwood (Dem) Learning and Development Specialist

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What are your top three priorities in office?

Campaign Phone (717) 737-4757
Campaign Email mgurgiolo24@verizon.net
Education B.S. in Elementary Education (Messiah College)
Qualifications 20 year resident of Camp Hill, former church education director, PTO vice-president, preschool teacher, parent representative on district staff selection committees, coordinator of elementary school playground planning/fundraising, youth soccer coach
Municipality Camp Hill
County Cumberland
My three top priorities as school director are to safeguard Camp Hill’s future as an independent school district, to ensure that the district continues to provide an excellent education to all students, and to achieve these aims in a cost-conscious manner. Fiscal responsibility is necessary, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that the educational foundation that we provide our students is crucial to enabling them to meet the challenges and opportunities they will encounter after graduation.
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Education 1988 Graduate of Gettysburg College, 1984 Graduate of Camp Hill High School
Qualifications *Current member of Camp Hill School District Board of Directors, and presently serving as Treasurer. *40+ year resident of Camp Hill, married to Diann Roffe. *Son of a retired CHSD teacher with 30 years of service to the district. *Retired parents, and my brother/sister-in-law reside in CH, and my niece, nephew and son attend CH schools. *My wife and I are active volunteers in the community and around the Capital Region. *I have extensive board experience, both corporate and not-for-profit.
Municipality Camp Hill
County Cumberland
*Maintain the strong academic achievement, excellent programs and independence of the Camp Hill School District, and work closely with CH Borough Council and the Lion Foundation. *Help CHSD to successfully manage through significant financial challenges like PA Basic Education Funding inequities, unfunded mandates from the state, and rapidly increasing PSERS contributions. *Be extremely mindful of operational costs in CHSD, including those associated with our aging infrastructure.
Campaign Email brant.underwood@gmail.com
Education James Madison University, B.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas, M.Ed
Qualifications Licensed teacher with a Masters of Education, having classroom experience w/ results in student achievement, a working parent to kids in the district, a strong communicator and problem solver with a sense of urgency and capacity to motivate others.
Municipality Camp Hill
County Cumberland
To increase the level of communication and stakeholder engagement especially around education funding, our budget and the future of Camp Hill. I want people to be part of the process as we make critical decisions. We also need to set a vision for a competitive curriculum that prepares students for jobs of the 21st century. Lastly, I will remain a critical voice for asking why not and challenging old ideas while bringing out the best in others as we find innovative ways to tackle our problems.

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