By Teri Knight, News Director
Should Northfield schools change their start time? After a lot of research regarding teenagers and sleep, this consideration continues to come up. Northfield Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann said that biologically as kids grow into teenagers, their internal clock shifts a couple of hours later. He said, “We’ve been working very closely with local physician Dr. Brian Hoff who’s been a strong advocate for this. He’s talked with the [school] board several times over the past five years and this spring we brought together a task force to take a look at the research around later school start times.” They’ve also been looking at the potential impact of later start times, saying, “There’s some things obviously around transportation, there’s around making sure how much instructional time we
could have during the day… [It’s the] mechanics of it.” In looking at controlled studies, Hillmann said the data shows a reduction in teenage car accidents, a reduction in teenage depression and suicidal thoughts, a lesser amount of physical and health issues as well as sports injuries, and increased academic performance. Hillmann added, “So let me be clear, there’s no decision being made for this fall; anything that we would talk about would be for a year out at least.” Their next step is to build a model to see what such changes would look like here in Northfield. The plan is to then present that model to the school board next fall; there would then be ample opportunities for community and public input. Hillmann said Edina, Wayzata and Winona have already implemented later start times. You’ll be hearing more about this over the next year.
Dundas readies to go out for bids on new city hall
Jenelle Teppen presided over her first Dundas City Council meeting as their administrator this week. The architects of the new city hall presented the design at the meeting including the layout and the materials they’ll use for inside and outside the building. The exterior is designed to flow with the downtown block, with brick and limestone on the outside. Design development is next, with construction documents to be prepared to go out for bid in July and then bids expected in August. Dundas will then choose a builder and, hopefully, breaking ground in September. Outside of some small details, the design is mostly complete. Former City Administrator John McCarthy said the largest part of the building will be one story and this is where city hall will be housed; there will be another smaller second story to match the other downtown Dundas buildings. That upper story will be mechanical space. The projected cost of the building on Railway Street is $1.4 million. Originally, the idea was to build out the whole area and offer spaces for offices and retail but the price tag came in higher than expected.
Washington Street milling work began
Pavement milling began today in Northfield on Washington Street from Woodley Street to Second Street. Parking will not be allowed on the project corridor during the milling operations but will be open to through traffic during the work. Press Release_ Washington Street (1)
Bridge Square to be abuzz with celebrations
Tomorrow, Bridge Square is going to be abuzz as 40 years of the popcorn wagon will be celebrated from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a talk and music — AND between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., the Northfield Raider Girls Softball team will be honored for their exciting win over Mankato West last week to win the State Championship! Click here for the full audio of the game. It’s also on our Community News page. And the Community Band starts at 7pm!