Fifteen people have applied for the vacant school superintendent position, Stillwater Board of Education members learned Tuesday night.

A committee, having received input from community residents and board members on the qualifications they think the new superintendent should possess, will meet Dec. 19 to start screening applicants.

The committee members will narrow the field of applicants and make a recommendation who they think the board should interview.

The superintendent position became vacant last summer with the resignation of Dr. Walter Swanson. In September, the search process started.

The board could possibly select the new superintendent in January.

In other business, interim Superintendent James Ryan reported on a recent trip by several school personnel and two board members to view four stadiums in the Dallas area to glean ideas on construction of a new stadium approved by school district voters in October.

The 6,000-seat stadium will be constructed on the north area of the Stillwater High School campus, replacing aging Hamilton Field.

Ryan said the stadium in Coppell was the only on-campus facility, and that it is used from sunup to sundown for school activities.

Board members Rick Davenport and Kevin Clark said they were impressed with the facilities they saw at the four sites.

Ryan also reported he has received 10 applications for the construction management position regarding the stadium and other construction projects approved in the October bond issue. He said he hopes to announce his selection at the January board meeting.

In other business, board members received an update on the Dugout Club’s plans to build a locker facility at Couch Park. The building will be built between the baseball and softball fields north of the new restrooms.

This area presently is occupied by softball batting cages and storage sheds. Plans call for relocation of the batting cages and storage sheds to an area south of the softball field.

Baseball coach Gary Gardner and Mike Brown of Brown Engineering said the facility will be constructed with donated money, including $10,000 from the Stillwater Youth Baseball Association.

They said this money will be used to pour the foundation for the building, relocate the batting cages and construct the outer walls. Future improvements will be made when funds become available.

Brown said Brown Engineering has donated services for the project.

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