Longtime board member Noel Stratmoen has submitted a letter stating that he is temporarily resigning his seat on the Northfield School District Board of Education due to health reasons. He does not think he will be able to complete his board member duties for at least the next 90 days. According to the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA), Noel is the longest actively serving school board member in Minnesota. Noel was first elected in 1982. He is a fixture in our community and has altruistically given his personal time for the betterment of Northfield students’ education in five different decades. We ask that our community hold him in their hearts as he continues his recovery.

This document outlines the statute that governs the process for a temporary replacement, an interest form, and a preliminary timeline for appointing a board member to serve in Noel’s stead during his recovery.

If you have questions about this temporary board appointment, contact board chair Claudia Gonzalez-George or Superintendent Matt Hillmann.

Those who have completed the interest form as of 12.29.2022 (in alphabetical order):

  • Paige Bowen
  • Ralph Brauer
  • Robert Coleman
  • Kristen Geissler
  • Victoriya Lemke
  • Rodney Oto
  • Emily Zimmer