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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.

    2021-22 Meeting Dates: March 2022 and other meetings to be determined as needed

    Location: High school and zoom

    Joel Olson, Michael O’Keefe, Jeff Quinnell, Bubba Sullivan (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.

    2021-22 Meeting Dates: September 1, 2021, then as needed

    Location: High school and zoom

    Joel Olson, Bubba Sullivan, Brynne Stellner, Ryan Driscoll, Jody Saxton-West, Paul Ousley, Molly Vieselmann, Michael O’Keefe, Joel Leer, Brent Rauk

  • 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.

    2021-22 Meeting Dates: 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    November 1, January 18, April 18

    Location: District office boardroom

    Matt Hillmann, Julie Pritchard, Erin Bailey, Kim Briske, Anita Aase, Erin Golden Zimmerman, Margit Johnson, Gordon Kelley, Janneth Garcia, Leah Rich, Eric Mohlo, Moriah Bamonte-Grebis, Chloe Xiao,




  • 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.

    2021-22 Meeting Dates: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Fourth (4th) Tuesday of the month (no meeting in July and December)

    Location: Via Zoom or Room 116 at the Northfield Community Education Center

    Erin Bailey, Jane Bartho, Emily Blumhoefer, Robert Coleman (Chair), Rosie Sharkey, Nita Wolf, Isabel Sultief, Nita Wolf, Sarah Wolfe, Jeffery Svien, Kate Balster, Julie Pritchard

  • 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 for September which will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month)
    11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (4th Wednesday of the month)

    2021-22 Meeting Dates: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
    September 15, September 22, October 13, October 27, November 10, December 8, December 22, January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23, March 23, April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25, June 8

    Location: Morning meetings – lower Cafeteria NHS, midday meetings D-107 NHS

    Adult Advisor: Meleah Follen
    School Board: Julie Pritchard
    Students: Amelia Arnold, Moriah Bamonte-Grebis, Christian Cardenas, Sylvi Hanson, Mimi Keita, Simon McDonald, Julia Peterson, David Rhoades, Ananda Myint, Grace Ryden, Chloe Xiao, Sebastian Brunelle, Madeline Bussmann, McKenna Carlson, Mari Hanson, Connor Percy

  • 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.

    2021-22 Meeting Dates: 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    October 28, February 10, April 14

    Location: District office conference room 105

    Matt Hillmann, Nancy Antoine, Kevin Dahle, Maimouna Toure-Keita, Sarah Meerts, Justin Fleming, Molly Viesselman, Liliana Ramos, Joel Leer, Michael O’Keefe, Tom Baraniak, Mimi Keita, McKenna Carlson

  • 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.

    2021-22 Meeting Dates: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    October 19, December 14, May 17

    Location:  DO Board Room

    Cole Nelson, Matt Hillmann, Michael Berthelsen, Nate Knutson, Lee Runzheimer, Jayne Hager Dee, Beth Ayotte, Dorothy Cohan, Simon Mcdonald, David Rhoades, Noel Stratmoen, Tom Baraniak

  • 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.

    2021-22 Meeting Dates: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    October 4, December 6, June 6

    Location: DO Board Room

    Val Mertesdorf, Matt Hillmann, Claudia Gonzalez-George, Noel Stratmoen, Jeff Quinnell, Sam Richardson, Sara Pratt, Ashley Benhart, Carolyn Livingston, Jim Loe, Adrienne Falcon, Veronica Gamino, Adrian Thomas, Nate Engle, Lisa Peterson, Mari Hanson, Christian Cardenas

  • 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.

    2021-22 Meeting Dates: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    October 18, November 15, February 21, April 18


    Matt Hillmann Cheryl Hall, Hope Langston, Kim Briske, Carrie Duba, Daryl Kehler, Greg Gelineau, Rico Bohren, Nancy Antoine, Lahna Tran, Leah Sand, Matt Berg Wall, Robert Garcia, Steve Taggart, Tom Baraniak, Jeff Quinnell, Simon McDonald, Grace Ryden, Caroline Yaun, Cheryl Kortuem, Fritz Bogott, Zach Pruitt, Kari Nelson, Kathy Lockner, Krista Middlebrooks, Mariah Jacobsen, Pasha Quaas, Sylvi Hanson, Grace Ryden, Connor Percy

  • 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.

    2021-22 Meeting Dates: 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    August 26, September 16, October 28, November 18, December 16, January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26

    Location: via Zoom

    Matt Hillmann, Anita Aase, Noel Stratmoen, Amy Goerwitz, Corey Butler, Amelia Arnold, Maddie Bussmann

  • 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.

    2021-22 Meeting Dates: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    October 4, December 6, March 14, May 9

    Location: District office conference room 105

    Cole Nelson, Maimouna ToureKeita, Cecelia Green, Ron Oeltjenbruns, Michael O’Keefe, Dan Warner, Tracy Closson, Kim Bauer, Kiwi Bielenberg, Cassandra Bowser, Jamin Sawyer, Mark Harder, Bart Wiese, Adam Karsko, Jonna Hanek, Roger Helgeson, Dorothy Cohan


  • Wellness

    Purpose: The purpose of the Step Up 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.

    2021-22 Meetings: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    November 9, February 8, April 12

    Location: Via zoom

    Erin Bailey, Paula Baragary, Julie Ochs, Leah Sand, Michelle Steele, Stephany Stromme, Maimouna TourKeita, Nate Truman, Molly Viesselman, Amy Goerwitz

    Student Wellness Committee

    2021-22 Meetings: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    October 12, January 11, March 15

    Location: Via zoom

    2 District Youth Council (DYC) representatives (Ananda Myint, Julia Peterson),  Melissa Bernhard,  Amy Goerwitz, Josh Ramaker (Rice County SHIP coordinator), Kaley Varley in addition to the StepUp Wellness Committee Members.