CLARKSBURG -- Town officials will soon begin the process of interviewing a new town administrator.

"We've received 15 applications so far," Town Administrator Thomas Webb said Wednesday. "They're from all over."

Webb, who has held the position since June 2012, announced his retirement on Jan. 15. His final day is March 3.

The first round of interviews were initially scheduled for Thursday afternoon, but the meeting was canceled due to the snowstorm.

The interviews will be conducted at posted, public sessions, Webb said, though no dates have been set.

During the previous search for a town administrator, the Selectmen established a search committee, which was to recommend a candidate to the board, but the committee dissolved when the two final candidates withdrew their applications. The Selectmen reviewed the applicants in a subsequent round of interviews and ultimately chose Webb.

One expected applicant this time is Carl McKinney, former Selectmen chairman, who resigned in late January to apply for the position.

In their meeting Wednesday, the Selectmen also met with school officials about the cost associated with creating a preschool at town hall.

A feasibility study by Guntlow and Associates of Williamstown found town hall's second floor could accommodate a preschool, with construction costs ranging from $220,000 to $240,000, not including design.

Principal Vincent P. Guntlow said much of that cost would be accessibility -- changing the buildings use to a school would trigger a number of building code changes.

In addition, the study found relatively small amounts of asbestos and lead paint in the building that would have to be moved, Guntlow said.

Officials agreed on the benefits of early childhood education and funding the project could be a challenge.

Northern Berkshire School Union Superintendent Jon Lev said funding could come from the school stabilization fund and school choice fund, as well as tuition.

Officials agreed that more work was needed to find solid numbers in order to present a warrant article at the annual town meeting this spring.

Some discussion also was spent on holding focus groups to provide information to residents, though no date was set.

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