They gathered at the Hamilton County school board meeting Monday night, looking for the next step.
They were desperate for it.
And they - we - got nothing. We got politics and people squabbling about being right rather than finding the right path forward.
Rick Smith, the besieged superintendent, was in the board's crosshairs Monday. It was a meeting designed to redirect the now and repurpose the future.
And the school board did nothing. Nothing with all capital letters and a few sprinkles on top.
They refused to move forward because they didn't want to spend $270,000.
Are you kidding? A quarter of a million dollars in a school budget that goes north of $400 million is peanuts.