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Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper, Board Chair – Zone 2 – NE Area

883 NE Loper Prineville, OR 97754
Phone: (541) 447-3035 (home)

Term expires: June 30, 2021


Scott Cooper is a fourth-generation Crook County resident who has served on the Crook County school board since being appointed in May 2009.  He was previously Crook County Judge, a Prineville City Councilor and Executive Director of the Prineville Chamber of Commerce.  He is 1982 graduate of Crook County High School and was educated in Crook County Schools before earning a bachelor’s degree from the world oldest school of journalism located at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  His day job is as executive director of NeighborImpact, the largest social services non-profit in Central Oregon, serving more than 55,000 residents per year. NeighborImpact is the local Head Start provider and operates multiple preschool classrooms in Prineville at two different sites. Scott has been active in improving local education for many years and was the original incorporator of the Crook County Foundation, which ultimately became the largest scholarship funder in the community. He also helped bring the higher education center to Crook County and worked as part of various regional coalitions to bring OSU-Cascades to Central Oregon. He has been appointed by the Governor to serve on state boards dealing with taxation, poverty, children and families, housing and racial equity.  Scott is married to Laura Craska Cooper, who is the elected representative from Crook County to the Central Oregon Community College Board.  They live in Prineville with their two daughters who attend Crook County High School (an older daughter graduated in 2019.) Scott has been board chair since July 2018.


Doug Smith

Doug Smith, Director – Zone 1 – NW Area

3340 NW Gumpert Rd. Prineville, OR 97754
Phone: (541) 447-7004 (home)

Term expires: June 30, 2023


Doug Smith is proud to have attended Crook County Schools his entire life. When his children were in high school, Doug saw the school district making drastic cutbacks due to a lack funding. He applied for a vacant board position and began working with the other board members to improve the district. Crook County School District has made many upgrades, but there are still opportunities to improve so that our schools remain a great experience for students and their families.  


Walt Wagner

Walt Wagner, Director – Zone 4 – SW Area

7598 SW Stillman Rd. Powell Butte, OR 97753
Phone: (541) 447-4899 (home)

Term expires: June 30, 2023


Walt Wagner was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. Walt graduated from Clackamas High School.
He served his country spending 4 yrs in the U.S. Navy. Walt has 89 undergraduate hours majoring in
Psychology and Anthropology. His 27 year career with Oregon State Police began in 1964. Highlights: Attended Northwestern University (School of Staff and Command)
a 6 month 350 hour curriculum; Public Information Officer for Oregon State Police for entire state, 12 yrs, worked all media, conducted press conferences; gave public talks to over 200,000 Oregon students and residents; Academy Commander, State Police Training and Curriculum, conducted and supervised all training, and taught 19 different topics. Appointed to Governor’s Council on Health, Fitness and Sports. First Chairman of State Games of Oregon, requiring constant contact with all 36 counties, overseeing all activities. Put in charge of State Police Management Audit; supervised and conducted all legislative tracking. Walt’s interest in his granddaughters’ education prompted his desire to serve on the Crook County School Board, progressing through all the training levels provided by the Oregon School Boards Association.

Patti Norris

Patti Norris, Board Vice-Chair – Zone 3 – SE Area

2398 SE Blue Skies Lane Prineville, OR 97754
Phone: (541) 815-7263 (cell)

Term expires: June 30, 2023


Patti Norris was elected to the Crook County school board in 2009. She is a parent of a daughter who attended Crook County schools for her entire K-12 education, graduating from Crook County High School. Ms. Norris holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration. She is a long-time business owner and a local business, education, and community advocate. She also serves on the faculty of the Central Oregon Community College Business and Computer Information Systems departments and is an instructor and business advisor for the Small Business Development Center at COCC.  She also serves students statewide as a member of the board of directors of the Oregon School Boards Association. Patti is committed to ensuring that every Crook County student has access to an exceptional education that helps them thrive and achieve their dreams.

Gwen Carr

Gwen Carr, Director – At-Large Position

1441 NE Hudspeth Rd. Prineville, OR 97754
Phone: (541) 390-2123 (cell)

Term expires: June 30, 2021


Gwen Carr is a lifelong Oregonian who spent her early childhood years on the Oregon Coast before moving to Central Oregon. Prineville has been home since 2007,
and her two children – both students at Crook County
High School – started kindergarten at the old Crooked
River Elementary School. Gwen is passionate about
parent choice and ensuring that all students, no matter their situation in life, have access to a quality education.
She has been a member of the School Board since 2013
and also represents Crook County on the board of the
High Desert Education Service District (HDESD), an organization that provides resources and support for all school districts in the region.