Published: Mar 30, 2011 7:05 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 30, 2011 4:06 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla - The uncertainty surrounding cuts to education has Lee County schools planning for yet another year in the red.

Board member spent part of Wednesday crunching numbers looking at the House and Senate version of the education budget.

The district is facing a more than $37 million deficits with guaranteed cuts coming out of the legislature.

The Senate education bill will cut per-student spending by $79. Over in the House, its slightly less at $59. The figures are part of an overall 10 percent decrease in per-student funding state wide next fiscal year.

Board members are also having a difficult time finding candidates to replace interim superintendent Larry Tihen. The district says none of the 28 applicants to date have experience in a district the size of Lee County.

Former embattled superintendent James Browder's name has not come up in discussions. He abruptly left the district last year for a job at Edison College.