Board Candidate Daniel G. Koehler

Daniel G. KoehlerDaniel G. Koehler, P.E., is currently President of the Spackenkill Board of Education, serving from 2019 to the present. He has lived in the District for over 12 years. His wife, Kara, is a Spackenkill graduate. He has two secondary school children, Cadence, in 9th grade at Spackenkill High School, and Easton, in seventh grade at Todd Middle School.

A Clarkson University graduate with a bachelor of science in civil engineering and a professional concentration in environmental engineering, Mr. Koehler is the owner of Hudson Land Design Professional Engineering, P.C., a company that he started in 2006. His areas of expertise include Board skills, both as a result of serving on the Spackenkill BOE and in representing projects to towns, cities, and villages. He is also the consulting engineer for the Town of Beekman, where he sits with the Planning Board and advises the Town Board, and is also the Town of Wappingers stormwater management consultant. In addition, Mr. Koehler’s business experience includes administration of multi-million dollar public and private projects.

Mr. Koehler was instrumental in introducing the ACE Mentor Program to Spackenkill High School, a program that led to the planning of the concession stand at the High School. He served as a mentor in the program, which is geared to students who wish to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering fields, until it was derailed by the pandemic. Previously, Mr. Koehler was active in the Spackenkill Elementary PTA, including the annual golf outing committee, the Mother’s Day plant sale, and the autumn flower sale. He is also a longtime volunteer with Habitat for Humanity on the Construction & Site Selection Committee, and has been assistant coach for the Town of Poughkeepsie Cal Ripken league.

Asked why he wants to continue on the Board, Mr. Koehler said that he wishes to “protect SUFSD stakeholders’ interest and to continue to promote best outcomes for all students.” Mr. Koehler believes that important issues facing the District are social media and social/emotional issues, as well as having a limited tax base vs. rising costs for providing high quality education.