Your representatives are: | Amy Goerwitz | Rob Hardy | Ellen Iverson | Noel Stratmoen |
January 9th, 2017
Amy Goerwitz, Rob Hardy, Ellen Iverson, and Noel Stratmoen began four-year terms. Julie Pritchard (Chair), Iverson (Vice Chair), Noel Stratmoen (Clerk), and Hardy (Treasurer) were unanimously approved to serve their respective positions.
January 23rd, 2017
Representatives from Prairie Creek Community School and Arcadia Charter School presented their annual report on their respective charter school’s programs with a focus on the arts. The financial forecast for the coming school year was given.
February 8th, 2017
A work session was held to review the Master Facilities Plan in order to explore future options and maintenance-related projects.
February 13th, 2017
A planned “flexible learning day” at Northfield High School later in the month was discussed. Results of the February 8th work session were reviewed.
February 27th, 2017
The board rated Superintendent Hillman’s first six months in office very positively. School Psychologist Carrie Duba advocated for curriculum to include social and emotional content. The board chose to “pause” QComp until next year (for more information about QComp, please see: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/dse/qc/).
March 7th, 2017
Another work session was held regarding levy and bond funding options for the Master Facilities Plan and their impact on taxpayers.
March 13th, 2017
The March 7th work session was reviewed. The Arcadia Charter School Interim Director presented its application by renewal (to be discussed April 10th). The Operating Capital and Long Term Facilities Maintenance Budget was presented and will be voted on at the March 27th meeting. Superintendent Hillmann encouraged the addition of a 1.0 FTE (full-time equivalent) 7th grade Health teacher to spread health curriculum across all three middle school grade levels.
March 27th, 2017
The school board unanimously approved the 2017-18 operating capital and long-term facilities maintenance budget and another 7th grade health teacher at the middle school.
April 10th, 2017
Northfield Public School District was awarded the 2017 School Finance Award. A $36,000 grant was approved for the Northfield United Way. A report on Social/Emotional Learning education (SEL) was given.
April 24th, 2017
The board approved the contract between Northfield Public Schools and Arcadia Charter School until 2022. Budgets for child nutrition, the debt service fund, and the fiduciary trust fund were proposed. Board members gave reports on the District Educational Program Advisory Committee (DEPAC) and Schools for Equity in Education General Membership.
Rob Hardy (Treasurer)
Rob Hardy has served on Northfield’s school board since 2013. From 2008 to 2013, he served on the founding board of directors of the Cannon River STEM School.
His goals include:
- Fiscal responsibility without compromise on education
- Integrating new technology and innovations in schools
- Fostering a school community and culture that integrates and supports all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic background, or sexual preference
Ellen Iverson (Vice Chair)
Ellen Iverson is currently serving her third term on Northfield’s school board. She was elected to her first four-year term in 2009, and she has been Vice Chair since 2012. Her current term expires in December of 2020.
- Reduce class sizes
- More “one on one” teaching for the right reasons
- Provide opportunity to engage parents to help in their child’s progress
- Provide commitment and a team effort through parent and community involvement
- Focus specifically on testing and assessment, curriculum and staff development, and student services
- Professional development should be expected and required of every professional
- Professional Learning Communities identify students’ needs and develop classroom techniques that will improve student earning and teaching efficiencies
- Establish a general and uniform system of public schools.
- Secure a thorough and efficient system of public schools throughout the state
- Proper education of our children is a high priority and should not be partisan