The haze of uncertainty over the results of last week's municipal election was cleared Wednesday, and in the clear light of numbers the One County For Education group failed while the Parents for Education Choice and the Community School Ownership Initiative succeeded.
Essentially, as a result of the 2011 elections - primary and general - there will be two new members on the Warren County School Board, Michael Zamborik and Nancy McDanel, who will replace Kim Angove and Jeff Lockett in Region 3.
All the rest of the incumbents will return to the board: President Art Stewart in Region 1, Mary Ann Paris and Donna Zariczny in Region 2.
Now comes the community's analysis of the meaning of all of this, and chances are the analysts will differ along the lines of who they supported in the first place.
Those who supported the victors will contend that the majority (at least a majority of a minority, since less than half of registered voters cast ballots) approved the status quo for the school district, and the election was, indeed, a referendum on the establishment of the Eisenhower Charter School.
They are both reasonable assumptions.
On the other hand, there will be grumbling that the electorate was not well-informed, perhaps even misinformed, about the issues. There will be the contention that at least in the case of Regions 1 and 2 voters were confused about which name to write in.
Those assumptions, we believe, are weaker than the former group.
If you have faith in the election process -and we do -you must accept these results as "the will of the people." And, as long as the keystone of our democratic system relies on the will of the people, there will always be some celebrating and some mourning after every election.