Suspended coach gets more time to prepare appeal

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PROVO — The head football coach at Timpview High School has been granted an extension to prepare an appeal as he fights to keep his job.

Coach Louis Wong was suspended without pay on March 13 after an audit showed potential problems with how the coach used school funds over the years. In particular, the report questioned personal expenses charged to the school, including car repairs and invoices that were split allegedly so they wouldn't have to go through a purchase order review.

Originally Wong was given a month to appeal his suspension and then face possible termination. But the Daily Herald reports the Provo School District has granted Wong two additional weeks to prepare his appeal.

During the appeal, the coach will speak with school administrators. From there, the appeal would go to the superintendent and if not resolved it could continue up to the school board and possibly even the courts.

Wong's attorney, Elizabeth Dunning, tells the Herald the coach has remained committed to the community, the school and the students during his suspension. He's hoping to get this resolved and return to the school. His appeal is now due April 26.

Coach Wong is one of the most successful high school football coaches in the state, winning four straight state titles from 2006 to 2009.

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