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District Committees

  • Activities

    Purpose: This advisory committee is made up of parents, teachers, students and coaches as established by the Northfield School Board. This group may meet five times per school year to discuss issues relating to the activities program and to act as an advisory group to the Activities Director. Representatives from the coaching staff, parents and students will be elected for two-year terms.

    2022-23 Meeting Dates: To be determined as needed

    Location: Northfield High School

    Bubba Sullivan, Michael O’Keefe, Jeff Quinnell  (student and parent representatives have not been identified at this time)

  • Co-Curricular

    Purpose: This group will meet a minimum of one time during each school year to discuss policies and other issues which involve sports and activities. Recommendations from this committee are presented to the school board for action.

    2022-23 Meeting Dates: Ongoing as needed

    Location: High school office conference room

    Bubba Sullivan, Janet Smith, Ryan Driscoll, Jody Saxton-West, Paul Ousley, Molly Vieselmann, Michael O’Keefe, Shane Baier, Brent Rauk, Emmett Norrie

  • Communications

    Purpose: The purpose of the Communications Advisory Committee is to prioritize the District’s message, engaging stakeholder groups to inspire community action in support of our vision, advancing the District’s local, statewide, and national image.

    2022-23 Meeting Dates: 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    October 17, January 30, April 17

    Location: District Office Boardroom

    Matt Hillmann, Erin Bailey, Nate Knutson, Anita Aase, Margit Johnson, Gordon Kelley, Leah Rich, Amy Frantti, Dave Neuger, Amy Goerwitz, Jenny Nelson, Erin Golden Zimmerman, Mike Provancha, Allison Mathews, Inga Johnson.




  • Community Education

    Purpose: The Community Education Advisory Council plays an important role in shaping the lifelong educational offering available through the Community Education Department, routinely advising staff in programming, budgeting and department development.

    2022-23 Meeting Dates: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Fourth (4th) Tuesday of the month (no meeting in July and December)

    Location:  Northfield Community Education Center, Room 116

    Erin Bailey, Emily Blumhoefer, Rosie Sharkey, Isabel Sultief, Sarah Wolfe (Vice Chair), Jeffery Svien, Kate Balster, Corey Butler, Nola Moen, Rebecca Peterson (Chair), Andrea Sjogren, Erin Zimmerman.

  • District Youth Council (DYC)

    Purpose:The District Youth Council (DYC) works to translate youth voice into action by providing connections between the school board, school, administration, and the student body. They gather and provide youth input on school district-related issues to the Northfield School Board, district administration, and other school-related entities. DYC members also serve on various committees throughout the district.

    Meeting Time: 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. (2nd Wednesday of the month except in September)
    11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. (4th Thursday of the month)

    2022-23 Meeting Dates: 
    August 30, September 14 & 29, October 12 & 27, November 9 & 28, December 14 & 21, January 11 & 26, February 8 & 23, March 8 & 23, April 12 & 27, May 10 & 25.

    Location: Morning meetings D-107 NHS

    Adult Advisor: Meleah Follen
    School Board: Ben Miller
    Students: Grace Ryden, Leta Prestemon, Chloe Xiao, Madeline Bussmann, McKenna Carlson, Samanta Celis-Bermudez, Braiden Dietz, Charlotte Flory, Inga Johnson, Miles Martig, Connor Percy, Liam Alibouni, Ethan Coudron, Alison Matthews, Emmett Norrie, and Annika Reister.

  • Equity

    Purpose: The purpose of the Equity Advocacy and Advisory Committee is to continuously promote equitable, inclusive, and welcoming experiences for everyone who accesses a Northfield Public Schools program.

    2022-23 Meeting Dates: 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    October 27, January 26, April 27

    Location: District Office Boardroom

    Matt Hillmann, Nancy Antoine, Amanda Miller, Maimouna Toure-Keita, Sarah Meerts, Justin Fleming, Molly Viesselman, Becca Bang, Michael O’Keefe, Amy Goerwitz, Coral Ramos, Heather Bae, Tessa Kiesow, Connor Percy, Annika Reister

  • Facilities

    Purpose: The purpose of the Northfield Public Schools Facilities Advisory Committee is to engage in dialogue about the district’s facilities and provide feedback on strategies designed to maintain positive and sustainable learning environments.

    2022-23 Meeting Dates: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    October 18, December 13, May 16

    Location:  District Office Boardroom

    Cole Nelson, Matt Hillmann, Michael Berthelsen, Nate Knutson, Lee Runzheimer, Jayne Hager Dee, Beth Ayotte, Dorothy Cohan, Jeff Quinnell, McKenna Carlson, Chloe Xiao.

  • Finance

    Purpose: The purpose of the Northfield Public Schools Finance Advisory Committee is to engage in dialogue about the district’s financial health and provide feedback on strategies designed to maintain it.

    2022-23 Meeting Dates: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    October 3, December 5, June 5

    Location: DO Board Room

    Val Mertesdorf, Matt Hillmann, Claudia Gonzalez-George, Corey Butler, Jeff Quinnell, Sam Richardson, Sara Pratt, Ashley Benhart, Veronica Gamino, Adrian Thomas, Nate Engle, Jane Bartho, Liam Ailabouni, Ethan Coudron.

  • Instructional Review

    Purpose: The purpose of the Instructional Review Committee is the review of instructional material questioned by a district resident or employee of the Northfield School District. Every effort will be made to consider the objections, keeping in mind the best interest of the students, the school, the curriculum and the community.

    Meeting Dates/Time: This committee will meet as needed.

    Members: Matt Hillmann, Hope Langston, Amy Goerwitz
    One building principal or assistant principal appointed by the Northfield Principal’s Association One elementary teacher appointed by the Northfield Education Association (NEA)
    One secondary teacher appointed by the NEA
    One special education teacher appointed by the NEA
    One professional media person appointed by the superintendent
    One student from the high school appointed by the District Youth Council
    Three parents/caregivers: one elementary parent/caregiver; one secondary appointed by the district’s curriculum advisory committee; and one special education parent appointed by the special education advisory committee.

  • Legislative Action

    Purpose: The purpose of the Legislative Action Committee is to inform community members how the legislature works, provide updates on the progress of education-related bills, and to advocate for the needs of Northfield students.

    2022-2023 Meeting Dates: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    January 28, February 11, February 25, March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6, May 20

    Location: Via Zoom

    Matt Hillmann, Claudia Gonzalez-George, Ben Miller. There is an open invitation to community members to join this committee.

  • Northfield Forward

    Purpose: Northfield Forward serves as the district’s “Critical Friend” and provides feedback on the strategic plan, building goals/results, and Professional Learning Communities’ goals/results.

    2022-23 Meeting Dates: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    October 17, November 21, February 20, April 17

    Location: Northfield Middle School

    Matt Hillmann, Cheryl Hall, Hope Langston, Carrie Duba, Daryl Kehler, Greg Gelineau, Lahna Tran, Leah Sand, Robert Garcia, Steve Taggart, Jenny Nelson, Ben Miller, Charlotte Flory, Grace Ryden, Caroline Yaun, Cheryl Kortuem, Fritz Bogott, Ethan Coudron, Kathy Lockner, Krista Middlebrooks, Mariah Jacobsen, Pasha Quaas, Connor Percy, Sam Richardson, and Allie Skoglund.

  • Policy

    Purpose: The purpose of the Policy Committee is to insure the district has policies in place to guide the operation of the district in a legal and ethical manner. A number of school board policies are mandatory and are necessary to meet the requirements of state or federal law.

    2022-23 Meeting Dates: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    August 25, September 22, October 27, November 17, December 22, January 26, February 23, March 16, April 20, May 25

    Location: via Zoom

    Matt Hillmann, Anita Aase, Ben Miller, Claudia Gonzalez-George, Robert Coleman, Miles Martig, Emmett Norrie.

  • Safety

    Purpose: The purpose of the Safety Committee is to establish a system to obtain safety related suggestions, reports of hazards and other information from all persons involved in the operations of their workplace, to review accident trends, investigate causes and recommend preventative measures when appropriate, and to assist and advise management and employees on matters of safety and health pertaining to school operations.

    2022-23 Meeting Dates: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    October 10, December 5, March 6, May 8

    Location: District Office Conference Room 105

    Cole Nelson, Maimouna ToureKeita, Cecelia Green, Ron Oeltjenbruns, Michael O’Keefe, Dan Warner, Tracy Closson, Kiwi Bielenberg, Cassandra Bowser, Jamin Sawyer, Mark Harder, Gabriel Crombie, Adam Karsko, Jonna Hanek, Roger Helgeson, Dorothy Cohan, Maddie Bussman, Brady Deitz.


  • Wellness

    Purpose: The purpose of the Step Up (Staff) Wellness Advisory Committee is to create, promote and protect the health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating choices, physical activity and mental health for district families, students, teachers and staff.

    2022-23 Meetings: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    November 8, February 14, April 11

    Location: via Zoom

    Erin Bailey, Paula Baragary, Cortney Gillum, Leah Sand, Michelle Steele, Stephany Stromme, Maimouna TourKeita, Nate Truman, Molly Viesselman, Jenny Nelson.

    Student Wellness Committee

    2021-22 Meetings: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    October 11, January 10, March 14

    District Youth Council (DYC) representatives Samanta Celis Bermudez and Leta Prestemon, Melissa Bernhard,  Amy Goerwitz, Josh Ramaker (Rice County SHIP coordinator) in addition to the StepUp Wellness Committee Members.