After rejecting a last-minute push to pursue a more aggressive search for a new schools chief, the Pinellas School Board picked three finalists.
One has been a top state education official, the other is a strong academic leader and the third implemented Colorado's first voucher program.
Two board members, Robin Wikle and Glenton Gilzean, pushed for a new search, saying they weren't convinced that the pool was as strong as it could have been.
"To be honest with you, I don't think we've found the best of the best," Gilzean said.
But board member Carol Cook said she was concerned about the message to finalists if the board extended the search. "We're basically saying, 'These people, they're not good enough,' " she said.