Published: May 12, 2011 5:47 PM EDT
Updated: May 12, 2011 2:47 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.-- The four finalists for the Lee County Schools Superintendent position met with school board members one-on-one for 40 minute interviews Thursday.

Following a six-month search, 43 candidates were narrowed down to four.

The finalists are Lee Chief Academic Office Constance Jones, Naples High Principal Nancy Graham, Monroe County Superintendent Joe Burke, and Fort Wayne, Indiana Community Schools Chief Academic Officer Steven Cobb.

The person selected to lead the district will oversee nearly 82,000 students and face the tough task of dealing with more than $40 million in budget shortfalls.

The finalists will meet with the public at a community reception Thursday night at the Lee County Public Education Center from 6:30 to 8.

They will each interview with the entire board Friday.

The School Board expects to select a new superintendent by next Tuesday.