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The long-time Crooked River principal will now oversee rural and alternative schools

As of Wednesday, Aug. 1, Cheri Rasmussen is no longer the principal of Crooked River Elementary.

According to Crook County School District Superintendent Sara Johnson, Rasmussen will instead take on the role of principal at Pioneer Alternative High School and Brothers School and will remain principal of Paulina Elementary. She will also coordinate with Rimrock Trails and Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council.

Kimberly Bonner was selected as the new principal of CRE.

Rasmussen came to the local school district as a high school math teacher in 1998. She was selected as principal of CRE in 2007.

Johnson called Rasmussen a math specialist and instructional leader.

"She has many years' experience cultivating a culture of learning and support for all students. She is committed to improving graduation rates and developing strong, supportive relationships with students," Johnson said. "As we grow and expand opportunities for students desiring alternative routes to graduation, Cheri will be an asset and advocate."

Bonner was an elementary teacher and worked in Student Services Coordination in the Bend-La Pine School District from 1997 through 2013.

"She has served with excellence as a vice-principal at Crook County Middle School since 2013," Johnson said. "Mrs. Bonner is well prepared to take the top leadership position at Crooked River Elementary."

Johnson said Bonner is an expert at AVID and will lead the implementation of the AVID initiative at Crook River Elementary. She will also develop and support the CCSD Math Initiative and positive behavior systems at CRE.

"Kimberly has been an incredible member of the Crook County Middle School team and will be a wonderful addition and leader at CRE," Johnson said.

The district is still considering options to fill the vacancy in the CCMS vice-principal position.

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