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District Committees

  • Activities

    Purpose: This advisory committee is made up of parents, teachers, students and coaches. This group may meet during the school year to discuss issues relating to the activities program and to act as an advisory group to the Activities Director.

    2023-24 Meeting Dates | Time: To be determined as needed

    Location: Northfield High School

    John Mahal, Michael O’Keefe, Jeff Quinnell, Lucy Graham, Atticus Mayer (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.

    2023-24 Meeting Dates | Time: Ongoing as needed

    Location: High school office conference room

    John Mahal, Janet Smith, Ryan Driscoll, Jody Saxton-West, Molly Vieselmann, Michael O’Keefe, Shane Baier, 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.

    2023-24 Meeting Dates | Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    October 17, January 30, April 16

    Location: District Office Boardroom

    Matt Hillmann, Erin Bailey, Anita Aase, Margit Johnson, Leah Rich, Dave Neuger, Amy Goerwitz, Jenny Nelson, Erin Golden Zimmerman, Mike Provancha, Leena Brown, Mari Hanson, Adam Ness.




  • 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.

    2023-24 Meeting Dates | Time: 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, Rebecca Peterson, Sarah Wolfe, Corey Butler, Jeffery Svien, Rosie Sharkey, Erin Zimmerman, Em Palencia, Caitlyn Otis, Vanessa Winter, CJ Riehle-Merrill.

  • 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)
    11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. (4th Thursday of the month)

    2023-24 Meeting Dates: 
    August 24 (11:00am-12:30pm), September 13 & 28, October 11 & 26, November 8 & 30, December 13 & 21, January 10 & 25, February 14 & 29, March 13 & 21, April 10 & 25, May 8 & 23

    Location: Northfield High School D-107

    Adult Advisor: Martha Lundin
    School Board: Ben Miller
    Students: Madeline Bussmann, McKenna Carlson, Samanta Celis-Bermudez, Braiden Dietz, Charlotte Flory, Mari Hanson, Inga Johnson, Connor Percy, Leena Brown, Aldair Conde Arenas, Ethan Coudron, John Dietiker, Lucy Graham, Junior Martinez, Allison Mathews, Atticus Mayer, Annika Reister, Delphine Hawkins, Elliot Ness.

  • Equity

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

    2023-24 Meeting Dates | Times: 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
    November 2, January 25, April 25

    Location: District Office Boardroom

    Matt Hillmann, Nancy Antoine, Amanda Miller, Maimouna Toure-Keita, Sarah Meerts, Molly Viesselman, Becca Bang, Michael O’Keefe, Amy Goerwitz, Coral Ramos, Heather Bae, Tessa Kiesow, Eden Coudron, 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.

    2023-24 Meeting Dates | Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    October 17, December 12, May 21

    Location:  District Office Boardroom

    Justin Raabolle, Matt Hillmann, Blaire Fowler, Lee Runzheimer, Jayne Hager Dee, Beth Ayotte, Dorothy Cohan, Jeff Quinnell, John Dietiker, Delphine Hawkins.

  • 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.

    2023-24 Meeting Dates | Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    October 2, December 4, June 3

    Location: DO Board Room

    Val Mertesdorf, Matt Hillmann, Claudia Gonzalez-George, Corey Butler, Ben Miller, Sam Richardson, Sara Pratt, Ashley Benhart, Veronica Gamino, Adrian Thomas, Nate Engle, Jane Bartho, Inga Johnson, Lucy Graham, Mari Hanson.

  • 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.

    2023-24 Meeting Dates | Time: This committee will meet as needed.

    Location: tbd

    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.

    2024 Meeting Dates | Time: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
    February 10 & 24, March 19 & 23, April 6 & 20, May 4 & 18

    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.

    2023-24 Meeting Dates | Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    October 16, November 20, February 19, April 15

    Location: Northfield Middle School Flex Lab

    Matt Hillmann, Sara Pratt, Hope Langston, Carrie Duba, Daryl Kehler, Greg Gelineau, Lahna Tran, Leah Sand, Robert Garcia, Jenny Nelson, Jeff Quinnell, Cheryl Kortuem, Fritz Bogott, Kathy Lockner, Krista Middlebrooks, Mariah Jacobsen, Pasha Quaas, Sam Richardson, Allie Skoglund, Charlotte Flory, Samanta Celis, Junior Martinez, 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.

    2023-24 Meeting Dates | Times: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    July 27, September 28, November 30, December 21, January 25, February 22, April 25, May 23

    Location: via Zoom

    Matt Hillmann, Anita Aase, Ben Miller, Claudia Gonzalez-George, Noel Stratmoen, Atticus Mayer, Marianna Estrada.

  • 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.

    2023-24 Meeting Dates | Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    October 2, December 4, March 4, May 6

    Location: District Office Conference Room 105

    Justin Raabolle, Kiwi Bielenberg, Cassie Bowser (IEA Consultant),Tracy Closson, Dorothy Cohan, Gabriel Crombie, Cece Green, Jonna Hanek, Roger Helgeson, John Kromschroeder, Michael O’Keefe, Jamin Sawyer, Kerry Sexton, Maimouna Toure-Keita, Juan Trinidad Ramos, Dan Warner, Brady Dietz, Allison Mathews.


  • 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.

    2023-24 Meeting Dates | Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    November 14, February 13, April 9

    Location: via Zoom

    Erin Bailey, Paula Baragary, Leah Sand, Samantha Shimota, Stephany Stromme, Maimouna TourKeita, Molly Viesselman and Lisa Weis.

    Student Wellness Committee

    Meeting Dates | Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    October 10, January 9, March 12

    District Youth Council (DYC) representatives McKenna Carlson & Elliot Ness, Melissa Bernhard, Jenny Nelson, Josh Ramaker (Rice County SHIP coordinator) in addition to the StepUp Wellness Committee members.