Published: Apr 15, 2011 11:50 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 15, 2011 8:51 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Lee County School Board Members agreed to move forward with five finalist that include two local educators and a single candidate qualified to run a district the size of Lee County.

Board Member Jane Kuckel was the lone hold-out. She wanted to re-open the search for stronger candidates.

Miami-Dade County Assistant Superintendent Kamela Patton is considered the front-runner. She has been with the school district for 24 years and is also on the shortlist for Collier County School's top job.

School Board Member Don Armstrong says the final list could still end without a new superintendent - at a time the district is facing a more than $43 million deficit.

Lee County's Chief Academic Officer Dr. Constance Jones also made the final cut alongside Naples High Principal Nancy Graham and educators Steve Cobb and Joe Burke.