The West St. Paul- Mendota Heights - Eagan School Board selected semi-final candidates last Thursday for the position of superintendent. They scheduled and held interviews for three candidates on Friday evening and three more candidates on Saturday morning. Interviews were held at Sibley High School and were open to the public.
The school district staff and the school board members should have known better then to hold such important interviews to which the public was invited on a Friday night and Saturday morning, the Jewish Sabbath. One would hope that they at a minimum would know it was the Jewish Sabbath and that a number of engaged constituents would not be able to attend. There is no other way to spin this; either they were insensitive, indifferent or incompetent.
The ISD 197 School Board and District officials owe an apology do those in the Jewish community who by reason of their religious beliefs were excluded from this part of the selection process.