Charter School Authorization
Northfield Public Schools has a long history of supporting public school choice within our district. In that spirit, Northfield Public Schools serve as a Minnesota Department of Education approved charter school authorizer.
Northfield Public Schools families should have access to high quality public charter schools within the district boundaries.
Our mission (as an authorizer) is to authorize charter schools within Northfield Public Schools boundaries.
Authorizer Beliefs and Organizational Strategies
Northfield Public Schools has a long history of supporting public school choice with our district. These district beliefs have been tailored to meet our mission as an authorizer.
We believe that public education is the foundation of our democratic republic. Charter schools are an important part of our public education system.
We believe that everyone can learn and has unique gifts and talents that must be nurtured and valued. We believe that learning is a lifelong, multi-faceted process that involves more than academics. We recognize that students learn in different ways and that a charter school environment may better fit their individual needs than a traditional public school system.
We believe that education is the collective responsibility of our students, families, schools and communities. As a school district, we are open to sharing that collective responsibility with other high quality public education organizations.
We believe that everyone in our schools has the right to a positive learning environment that provides physical, emotional and intellectual safety, and nurtures mutual respect, responsibility and rigor. We understand that environment may be at one of our own excellent public schools or at an excellent charter school within our district boundaries.
Northfield Public Schools is proud to serve as the official authorizer for two outstanding charter schools located within our district boundaries:
- Matt Hillmann, Ed.D. | Superintendent
- Cheryl Hall | Director of Special Services
- Mary Grace Hanson | Director of Teaching and Learning
- Hope Langston | District Assessment Coordinator
- Val Mertesdorf, CPA | Director of Finance
- Molly Viesselman | Director of Human Resources
The Northfield Public Schools authorizer team possesses more than a century of school leadership experience. This, along with our laser focus on supporting charter schools located within our district boundaries, provides exemplary support to charter schools that successfully become part of our portfolio.