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District Committees

  • Activities Advisory

    Purpose: This 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.

    Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    2021-22 Meeting Date:
    March 2022

    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

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

  • 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:
    4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ~To be determined

    Matt Hillmann, Erin Bailey, Kim Briske, Anita Aase, Sean Dube, Sylvi Hanson, Moriah Bamonte Grebis, Margit Johnson, Gordon Kelley, Claudia Gonzalez-George, Janneth Garcia, Leah Rich, Eric Mohlo




  • 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)

    Erin Bailey, Jane Bartho, Emily Blumhoefer, Robert Coleman, Rosie Sharkey, Izzy Sutlief, Jeffery Svien, Nita Wolf,  Sarah Wolfe, Brisa Zubia, 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: 7:45am-8:45am

    2021-22 Meeting Dates:
    2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month

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

  • 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. ~To be determined

    Matt Hillmann, Nancy Antoine, Kevin Dahle, Maimouna Toure-Keita, Alejandra Santos, Tahmah Abdulai, Amelia Arnold, Ananda Myint, Kiara Rosas, Sarah Meerts, Justin Fleming, Molly Viesselman, Liliana Ramos, Joel Leer, Michael O’Keefe, Tom Baraniak

  • 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. ~ To be determined

    Jim Kulseth, Matt, Hillmann, Michael Berthelsen, Nate Knutson, Lee Runzheimer, Tom Baraniak, Noel Stratmoen, Jayne Hager Dee, Beth Ayotte, Erica Loe, Sam Scherer, Dorothy Cohan

  • 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. ~ To be determined

    Val Mertesdorf, Tristan Cox, Wendy Bollum, Bubba Sullivan, Noel Stratmoen, Tracy Nelson, Carolyn Livingston, Jim Loe, Matt Hillmann, Erin Bailey, Michael O’Keefe, Angelo Perez, Bronwyn Mcdermott, Virginia Kaczmarek, Pasha Quaas, Adrienne Falcon, Julie Pritchard, Jeff Quinnell

  • Northfield Enact

    This committee has been suspended for the 2020-2021 school year. Funding for this group has been diverted to COVID-19 needs.


    To be determined

  • Northfield Forward

    Purpose: The District Education Program Advisory Committee was revised in May 2017 and is now Northfield Forward.  The redesign includes expanded membership including a wider variety of district stakeholders, four meetings instead of six every year, and a detailed standard agenda.  Northfield Forward will be positioned as the district’s “Critical Friend” and provide feedback on the strategic plan, building goals and results and Professional Learning Communities’ goals and results.

    2021-22 Meeting Dates:
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ~To be determined

    District Staff: Matt Hillmann, Kim Briske, Cheryl Hall, Hope Langston 
    Administrators: Daryl Kehler, Greg Gelineau, Nancy Antoine
    School Board Member: Tom Baraniak, Jeff Quinnell, Claudia Gonzalez-George
    Psychologist: Carrie Duba
    Teachers: Steve Taggart, Matt Berg Wall, Robert Garcia, Lahna Tran, Peg Witt, Angela Schewe, Leah Sand
    Community Members: Caroline Yaun, Zach Pruitt, Fritz Bogott, Pasha Quaas, Kari Nelson, Krista Middlebrooks
    Student Representatives: Dylan Dietz, Simon McDonald, Chloe Rozga, Grace Ryden

  • 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. ~To be determined

    Matt Hillmann, Anita Aase, Noel Stratmoen, Amy Goerwitz, Corey Butler, Nick Lopez, David Rhoades

  • 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. ~ To be determined

    Jim Kulseth, 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, Joel Leer, Dorothy Cohan


  • Step Up 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. ~ Tuesdays November 9, February 8 and April 12

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

    Student Wellness Committee

    2021-22 Meetings:

    3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ~ Tuesdays October 12, January 11 and March 15


    2 District Youth Council (DYC) representatives (to be determined),  Melissa Bernhard,  Amy Goerwitz, Josh Ramaker (Rice County SHIP coordinator) in addition to the StepUp Wellness Committee Members.