A black woman who applied to become superintendent of Trinity Area School District in 2009 sued that district today, alleging that she was passed over because of her race and gender.
Patrick Hefflin had three years of experience as an assistant superintendent for the Kiski Area School, and all of the necessary qualifications to run Trinity Area, in Washington, according to her complaint in U.S. District Court.
But school board member Thomas A. Bodnavich, the complaint said, told the search committee that "I don’t think that the district is ready for a black woman." The district hired Paul T. Kasunich, a white man.
If A. Bodnavich actually said, "I don’t think that the district is ready for a black woman," well, then, hello, Trinity Area SD, you were ready, and this dude steered you wrong.