BEND, Ore. -

Dr. Knute Buehler, candidate for State Representative, announced Thursday that he will visit every school in House District 54 before Election Day.

The purpose of the listening tour, which includes 28 schools in Bend, is to gain a firsthand understanding of what local educators believe are the opportunities and challenges facing their local schools.

"We have really good schools in Bend, but we should strive to have world class schools. I want to learn from our local educators what policy choices in Salem mean to schools, teachers and students here in Bend,” said Buehler.

Dr. Buehler serves on the budget committee for the Bend-La Pine School District and on the boards of Oregon State University Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation, which is a significant supporter of the Chalkboard project and provides college scholarships to Oregonians. He was also on the advisory board for OSU-Cascades from 1999-2004. Dr. Buehler has also been an adjunct professor at OSU’s School of Public Health, teaching a master’s level course on health systems organization.

Dr. Buehler began the school tours the last week of May, visiting Highland Magnet School and the future site of the OSU-Cascades campus.

The complete list of schools on the tour includes: Amity Creek Magnet School, Bear Creek Elementary School, Bend High School, Buckingham Elementary School, Cascade Middle School, Elk Meadow Elementary School, Ensworth Elementary School, High Desert Middle School, High Lakes Elementary School, Highland Magnet School, Juniper Elementary School, Lava Ridge Elementary School, Marshall
High School, Mountain View High School, Pilot Butte Middle School, Pine Ridge Elementary School, Ponderosa Elementary School, R. E. Jewell Elementary School, Rimrock Expeditionary Learning Middle School (REALMS), Seven Peaks School, Sky View Middle School, Summit High School, Waldorf School of Bend, Westside Village Magnet School, William E. Miller Elementary School, Cascade Culinary Institute,
Central Oregon Community College, and OSU-Cascades.