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School board to consider new PHS hoops coach

Zach Dong Photo via Filer High School website.

PENDLETON, Oregon – School may be out, but the Pendleton School Board is working. The directors meet tonight at 6 p.m. and one of the agenda items is to consider a recommendation from Superintendent Chris Fritsch that Zach Dong be hired as the high school varsity basketball coach.

Dong has been athletic director for the high school in Filer, Idaho, according to the FHS website. He’s been employed by the Filer School District for 10 years. Throughout his tenure, he has taught weights and also served as dean of students for three year.

“He coached middle school football for eight years,” the biography states. “He also coached the junior varsity boys’ basketball and assisted on varsity. In the eight years helping with the program, he helped them to five state appearances, two third-place finishes, three first-team all-state players and three second team all-state players.”

Filer is eight miles west of Dong’s home in Twin Falls. He and his wife Jessica have three children: Addie, Aubrey, and Titus.

Also at the meeting, Director of Special Programs Julie Smith will sum up the use of seclusion and restraints for the last school year. She reports there were 10 incidents in which physical restraints were used. Her full report is on the school district website as part of the board meeting agenda.

The board will hear a number of reports from several groups including the Pendleton Association of Teachers, the Pendleton School District Budget Committee, and the Oregon School Employees’ Association.

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