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New Middletown school board member: Gomboc-Turyan replaces John; all races were uncontested

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 11/15/17

Middletown Area School Board will have one new face as a result of the Nov. 7 general election.

Julie L. Gomboc-Turyan, of the 900 block of Adelia Street in Middletown, was elected to a two-year …

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New Middletown school board member: Gomboc-Turyan replaces John; all races were uncontested

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Middletown Area School Board will have one new face as a result of the Nov. 7 general election.

Julie L. Gomboc-Turyan, of the 900 block of Adelia Street in Middletown, was elected to a two-year seat on the nine-member board. She will be sworn into office during the board’s reorganization meeting on Dec. 4.

November will be the last month on the school board for David S. John, whose term is up in December and who did not seek re-election.

Gomboc-Turyan is a Middletown Area School District graduate, although she added that all three schools that she attended while in the district have been demolished.

Gomboc-Turyan is director of graduate curriculum and student services at the School of Graduate Studies at Messiah College.

Gomboc-Turyan told the Press & Journal in an email that she became interested in filling an open position on the board about a year ago. 

“Through the process, I’ve been able to meet nearly every current member on the board and I look forward to serving with them,” she said. “Two years ago, I felt the support of the community as my husband passed from complications of kidney cancer, eight weeks after his diagnosis, and 23 days after our son was born. A goal of mine has been to give back to the community and I feel that serving on the school board is a perfect fit with my education and background.”

She added: “To me, these newly built environments showcase some of the many ways our school district and community value an educational system that supports strong pedagogy. I hope to be part of the continued success we achieve in and out of the classroom, while supporting a stable learning environment for students, faculty, staff, and administration.”

The Messiah College website describes her position as supporting program development and implementation, assisting with the assessment of graduate-student learning projects, and oversight for graduate-level student services.

Gomboc-Turyan also teaches two classes as an assistant professor of education: Curriculum and Instruction Thesis and Seminar, and Curriculum and Instruction Project and Seminar. She was previously a full-time professor at a state school.

She holds a doctorate degree in communications media and instructional technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

She holds master’s degrees in art education and American studies, both from Penn State. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Gomboc-Turyan was one of six candidates on the ballot seeking election to the school board. None of the races were contested, meaning all six candidates won election.

Otherwise, board Vice President Michael Corradi of Lower Swatara Township, and Melvin Fager Jr. of Middletown were both re-elected to four-year terms.

Incumbents Darnell Montgomery and John Ponnett II were both elected to their first four-year terms.

Montgomery, of Lower Swatara, was appointed to the board in December 2016 to fill the seat vacated by former board President Newton Davis.

Ponnett, also of Lower Swatara, also was appointed in December 2016 to fill the seat caused by Terry Gilman’s resignation.

Also elected to a two-year seat was Brian Keating, of Lower Swatara. Keating has been on the board since November 2016, when he was appointed after Michael Richards resigned.

The three remaining board members are President Linda Mehaffie and Christopher Lupp, both of Lower Swatara; and Jennifer M. Scott of Royalton. All three have terms that expire in December 2019.

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