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Stephenville principal at top for Tolar superintendent’s job

June 7, 2014

Stilwell

Stephenville High School Principal Travis Stilwell is expected to be Tolar’s new school superintendent.

Stilwell, 44, emerged as the lone finalist among 50 applicants for the job to succeed retiring Bruce Gibbs, Tolar School Board President Brian Thomas saidThursday night.

“It was a very hard decision,” Thomas said. “We had some great candidates.”

Stilwell’s communications and curriculum skills helped put him at the top of the list, Thomas indicated.

“We’re very excited,” Thomas said. “It’s a step in a new direction.”

Thomas said the school wants to boost technology classes and believes Stilwell is the right person to lead that effort.

Stilwell, who coached and taught biology at Tolar High School from 1997-99, has been principal at Stephenville High since 2005.

He was reared in Azle and got his master’s of education administration degree from Tarleton.

He earned his superintendent’s certificate in 2002.

He and his wife Michelle, a school nurse, have two children – Nicona, a sophomore; and Skylar, a seventh-grader.

“His goal is to ensure that each child reaches their maximum potential,” Thomas said.

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