Megan Norris - Candidate for Bend-La Pine School Board
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"As you know, I decided to run for the school board because I care deeply about the education of our children, public service, and giving back to our community.

I believe that we must do all that we can to put our kids back on the path to success as they return to the classroom; to see
that our schools have the resources needed for all children to thrive; to support our teachers and school staff; to keep our schools safe; and to ensure that the district embraces the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

I remain committed to these goals and am confident that these priorities would resonate with the voters on May 18th. 

However, after much consideration, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for the school board in this election cycle.
Again, thank you for all your support and belief in me. It has meant so much.”

~ Megan Norris

student missing school


As a mom of two elementary age girls, I understand firsthand how hard the pandemic has been on our students, families, and school communities. I want to ensure that our students and families have all the resources needed to get back on track so our children, including those who are most vulnerable and at risk, can become the future leaders we know they can be. I will work hard to see that our teachers and school staff have the tools they need for success and safety as our kids transition from online learning to being back in the classroom.

Investing in Our Schools

Even before the onset of the COVID pandemic, our schools faced financial challenges. With funding from the Student Success Act, investing in our schools became a higher priority. Unfortunately, due to COVID, millions of dollars in anticipated funding were diverted from our school district. I will lead the fight to get our schools the financial resources needed to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and to wisely use Student Success Act funding, when it is restored, to help provide the quality education our kids deserve.

Child at school door


A key to the success of our students is to ensure that our district can attract and retain high quality teachers and school staff and to provide them with the professional development support they need to be successful. We must fairly compensate our teachers for their hard work and commitment to our kids and fully engage them in the dialogue about our district’s future. In addition, the school district should collaborate with community partners to increase affordable housing options and childcare opportunities for our educators and school staff as part of an overall recruitment and retention effort.


Our schools should always be a safe haven for students, staff, and families. This means that no child should be bullied or subject to discrimination and that all families and children, no matter who they are, see our schools as places of safety and security. It also means ensuring that the district has the most up-to-date systems and technology to plan for and respond to safety concerns and any emergency.

Ensuring Our school communities feel heard and supported

As someone who cares deeply about diversity, equity, and inclusion, I will make it a priority to ensure that all students, no matter their background, are given the support they need to succeed and that all members of our school community – students, families, teachers, and school staff – feel heard and included. It is critical that, across the board, our school district embraces these values.

Environmental Stewardship

To help combat climate change and protect the environment, our school district must do its part by being a leader in sustainability and best environmental practices. And we must teach our students to be good stewards of the environment so they can protect our community and planet in the decades ahead.

student garden

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