New PHS Principal Hired

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The Pendleton School District has hired a new principal for Pendleton High School. The School Board approved the recommendation this morning at a special meeting.

The new principal will be Melissa Sandven, currently the principal at Rainier Jr/Sr High School in Rainier, Oregon.

PSD Superintendent Chris Fritsch said there were three finalists for the PHS job, and those three candidates participated in multiple activities during the selection process. In addition to their formal interview, candidates met with the district administrative team, two different staff groups, a student leader group, parents group, went on a district tour and met individually with Fritsch.

“Ms. Sandven brings a wealth of experience to the district, from working in a smaller district to working in the largest district in our state. She has a strong background in curriculum and instruction and will be a positive addition to our team,” Fritsch said.

Sandven has worked in Rainier since 2014 and previously worked in the Oregon Trail School District (Sandy, OR), Portland Public Schools and the Gresham Barlow School District. She is currently earning her doctorate at the University of Oregon. Sandven begins work July 1, 2018.

Current PHS Principal Dan Greenough, who resigned earlier this year, will work until June 30.

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