Lisa Birk Bend-La Pine Schools

Lisa Birk

Lisa Birk was named the new deputy superintendent for Bend-La Pine Schools, the district announced. She will start July 1, replacing Lora Nordquist, who is retiring after 16 years with the district.

Birk, the current executive director of elementary programs, has been with the district for 17 years. Before her current role, she was the principal at Bear Creek Elementary and at Pacific Crest Middle School. Birk was also the assistant principal at both schools.

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Noemi Arellano-Summer is schools, youth, and families reporter at the ֱܽ. She previously reported on homelessness and the 2020 eviction moratorium with the Howard Center of Investigative Journalism through Boston University. She was raised in Long Beach, California, where she started her journalism career reporting for her high school newspaper. In her free time, she can be found meandering through a bookstore or writing short stories.

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Is there any truth to the rumor that Melissa Barnes-Dholakia will now try to reclaim the board set she vacated when she sought this position? Wouldn't that be something.

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