Published: May 14, 2011 12:29 AM EDT
Updated: May 13, 2011 9:20 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - On their final day of interviews, the finalists were grilled on issues facing the district right including how to make up for  $34 million shortfall in the budget. 

Naples High principal Nancy Graham said she knows too well the challenges presented by decreased state funding.

"I've budgeted at the district and school level. I'm very confident I can make the resources we have go a long way," she told board members.

Meanwhile, in a nearby room Joe Burke took part in a mock school board presentation. The issues being discussed was whether to allow a special education center to become a school choice. Burke said he would oppose such a measure because of legal issues.

Educator Steven Cobb had just under an hour to write how he would make the district a quality organization. The issue of bullying, transportation costs and overall morale at the district also came up.
 
Connie Jones spent part of her interview touting the district's 80% graduation rate and record low drop out rate. Jones has been the district's Chief Academic Officer since 2003.

 "As superintendent, I'd like to accomplish 100% of our students graduating and graduating with a plan for the future and graduating with a compassion to give back to this community," she told board members.