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Banfield Elementary School

301 17th Street SW
Austin, MN 55912
School Hours: 8:00AM - 2:30PM

Austin Public Schools

About Our School

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Welcome to Banfield Elementary School!

About Our School

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Banfield is in the southwestern part of Austin, housing approximately 478 students in grades 1 through 4. along with housing five sections of preschool. Banfield offers all students, music, art, and physical education specialists, on a rotating schedule in addition to their homeroom classes. Teachers use the Second Step curriculum and Zones of Regulation to support student’s social and emotional development. Banfield offers a Gifted and Talented program as well as an English Language Learner program. Banfield has a huge media center, two gymnasiums and an amazing playground. We strive to meet your students' educational, social, and emotional needs at Banfield.  

Our teachers are an outstanding staff of veteran and new educators, all with the desire to help each child succeed. We host an excellent Special Education Department, science specialists, educational assistants who are committed to student learning, and a support staff of food service, custodians, and office personnel all dedicated to helping students and families feel at home in Banfield. In addition, our parent organization is truly dynamic and involved with helping all students achieve academically and all families feel welcomed. 

Banfield is in our first year of implementing PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports). Banfield Elementary is a community of learners where every child matters. We inspire our Bobcats to be their BEST by establishing a safe and positive school environment. We encourage students to be their Banfield Best! 

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have or give your family a tour of Banfield. Please call our office at (507)460-1200 with any questions or set up a time to come in and talk. 

I look forward to meeting you and your student. 

Blake Henely, 

Office Information

7:30 - 4:00 Monday - Thursday
7:30 - 3:30 Friday

Phone: 507-460-1200


Please call the office (507-460-1200) if your child will not be at school. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If we are not available, please leave a message stating your child's name, grade and reason for absence from school. Your involvement is greatly appreciated!

Common Sense School

Common Sense School Seal

Banfield has been approved as a Common Sense School, an honor that recognizes our efforts in teaching digital citizenship to young people and engaging the entire school community in this important discussion. The recognition acknowledges our school's commitment to helping students build skills that are essential for their well-being today—and for the opportunities they'll have tomorrow. 

This honor is provided by Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.


Blake Henely

Janelle Voigt
Administrative Assistant

Paige Goetz
Administrative Assistant

Christene Lieffort
School Nurse

Deysy Hernandez
Success Coach

Chris Napton
School Psychologist

Kendra Hotchkiss
School Counselor

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