'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Guests are Collier County Commissioner Tom Henning; Nancy Graham, new superintendent of Lee County schools.

Inland oil drilling, Collier County ambulance service leadership and public education are featured on this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.

Guests are Collier County Commissioner Tom Henning, who also discusses economnic development and county airports management, and Nancy Graham, new superintendent of Lee County schools. The former Naples High principal discusses her goals and how she will be able to lead if the school board moves ahead with a national superintendent search.

* Video highlights will be posted Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers

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Nancy Graham

Lytle: Let me ask you a little bit about the circumstances that you’re coming into. Some of us might say, wow, how’s that going to work? You have the job, at least for a year, and there may or not be a national search done, while you’re in office. A national search for maybe the next superintendent, and you’re aware of all that. And yet, you also get to come in and name your own team of coaches, as you call them. And some of the coaches in place there might not be coaches very much longer. I mean, it sounds like a ... it sounds like a really rough ... potentially rough spot.

Graham: It’s a unique spot, I’ll give you that. I have a passion for Lee County. That’s where I grew up professionally. I love Collier County too, so I want to go on record with that. But I really believe I can help steer Lee County schools in a positive direction, and I’m trusting if I do that then maybe the talk about the search will lessen. And if it happens, it happens. I’m one of those people who thinks everything occurs as it should. This is an opportunity for me to broaden my sphere of influence right now. And I’m going to do that. And I’m counting on that as I put the right team together ... because that’s a lot of pressure. It’s a great gift from the board to get to put to my own team together. It’s also basically a message, yeah, you can put your own team together, but it better work.

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Tom Henning

Lytle: Are we really asking the right question? Rather than asking who should get to serve as the medical director of the county ambulance service, should we be asking is this the right time to do it because Dr. Tober still has several months left on his contract?

Henning: Well, you know you want to do that in advance. His contract, if I recall, is due in September.

Lytle: Right.

Henning: So, you want to have that solicitation and those responses from those professionals ... you want to have those interviews, and then after the selection you know there’s the negotiation of contract and so on and so forth.

So yes, I think it’s very timely.

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