Monday night the school board failed us.
The flimsy five - Steve Highlander, Donna Horn, Greg Martin, Karitsa Mosley and Rhonda Thurman - voted to try to keep their jobs (by pleasing a vocal minority of constituents) rather than voting to do their jobs (and serving the students of the county).
That quintet theoretically welcomed back Rick Smith to lead a school system for possibly the next three-plus years despite a record so bad that the Washington Generals are giggling.
Scores at some schools are rotten. Teacher morale is worse. Facilities have moved beyond a laughingstock and landed right smack dab in the middle of dangerous.
I know Rick Smith. I like Rick Smith. I supported Rick Smith.
And Rick Smith's time as the superintendent should be over.