Crook County Schools
Crook County School District has seven schools with a student enrollment of approximately 2,900 students: Crook County High School (729 students); an alternative high school: Pioneer High School and other alternative programs (120 students); Crook County Middle School (621 students); two in-town elementary schools – Crooked River Elementary (571 students); and Barnes Butte Elementary (647 students); two rural elementary schools: Paulina Elementary (18 students); and Brothers Elementary (6 students.) In addition, the District sponsors a charter school: Powell Butte Community Charter School with 186 students. The District employs 108 full and part-time classroom teachers, 47 full and part-time licensed and administrative staff, and 165 full and part-time support and supervisory staff.
Crook County is located in the geographic center of Oregon in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with a population of approximately 26,845. The county’s economy has traditionally been driven by agriculture, construction, forest products, livestock, manufacturing, recreation and tourism. In 2010 Facebook constructed their first company-owned 334,000 sq. ft. data center, and has recently finished their second 360,000 sq. ft. data center, with plans for a third 60,000 sq. ft. building. Apple has completed a 10,000 sq. ft. data center and has submitted a master plan to build a 500,000 sq. ft. space over time. The community has also seen growth in the bio-fuels and transportation industries. In 2012 the county celebrated its 130th anniversary.