Published: Jul 13, 2010 6:12 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 13, 2010 3:12 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla - The future of Lee County schools, budgeting and other important issues are slated for discussion among candidates at an August 5th community forum at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers.

Board candidates representing three districts will present their qualifications and platforms prior to the primary runoff election on August 24, 2010. One candidate from each district will be chosen by voters. Seven candidates are vying for the open seats.

Participating candidates will address a variety of issues pertaining to one of Florida's largest (80,000 students) and most diverse school districts. A question-and-answer session will follow candidate remarks. News-Press Community Editor David Plazas will moderate the 60-90 minute forum.

The forum, on August 5th at 6PM, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Alliance for the Arts main gallery. The forum is sponsored in part by the Arts for a Complete Education in Fort Myers.