Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering, May 1982, Purdue Univ., W. Lafayette
Master of Science Civil Engineering, December 1984, Purdue Univ., W. Lafayette
Years as a Carmel Resident? 25
Community Involvement Activities
4-year Carmel Plan Commission
Home Place Advisory Committee (current)
9-year Sponsor Orchard Park Elementary "Taste of Carmel"
7-year Volunteer Indianapolis 500 Festival
Indiana State Building Code Review Committee
President of Moehl Engineering, Inc., 12-year consulting forensic engineering rm.
Owner Moehl Properties, LLC, Local property management firm
1. What is your number one reason for wanting to serve on the school board?
I spent 4-years on the Carmel Plan Commission and developed a keen sense of the direction Carmel's residential development has changed in the last 10-years; especially the increase in the intensity of residents that are allowed per acre. I feel my experience on the Plan Commission gives me a step-up on working with the duties of a school board member. If anything it taught me to be a good listener to the people of Carmel and their wants and needs. As an engineer and father of 2boys in the Carmel/Clay Schools, I am a natural problem solver.
2. What role does policy play/have in the function of the board?
The main function of the School Board is to listen to the people of Carmel and realize how our neighbors want the education policy to be implemented. Much like the Plan Commission, sometimes it coincides with our own opinion; sometimes it doesn't. The School Board is the bus driver navigating the school system through the continuous changing ideas of how to approach our kids education. The school board must set the educational goals of the school system.
3. What legislative action at the state level would you support to improve education in our community.
The news, lately, is completely consumed with social justice issues. The most help we can give the teachers of CCSS is to come up with a "consistent" program to promote the understanding of these issues. The promotion of all sides of the issue would most benefit the students and may help the parents. The key here is that all sides are presented without an indoctrination slant. Opinions may be presented but the best class work is always achieved allowing the students to form their own opinions. I believe the legislatures may come out with a program. Adjustments in the state program may be required to insure all sides of social issues are covered.
Carmel/Clay Schools Education Fund is 56% of the $188,296,715 budget. This portion of the budget covers, among other things, the teachers salaries. In Indiana the Education Fund is funded through the state's collection of income and sales tax. With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, state income tax and sales taxes are down. In talking with Mr. Roger McMichael, Carmel does have "a rainy day fund". Hopefully, this fund will offset the loss of the collected taxes. If not, a legislative school bailout will be high on the list for all schools in Indiana. Cuts in school programs are never fun.
4. What do you think is the biggest issue facing your district?
The biggest issue, in my opinion, is getting through the loss in the incoming tax revenues without cutting any school programs or salaries. This issue will affect the budget in the next school year.
5. If you were elected what one thing would you like to accomplish during your term?
I would like to free the Orchard Park neighborhood of their limbo in not knowing what will become of the Orchard Park Elementary structure and property.
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