The East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission decided Thursday to delay action on a nonprofit group’s proposal to build, staff and operate a large, air-conditioned gymnasium at Perkins Road Community Park.

With four of nine board members absent for vacations, BREC Chairman Bill Benedetto said he preferred to take up the proposal at a special meeting at noon on Wednesday when more members can be present.

“I think it’s very important that the full commission be here to go over the details and ask any questions they may have and take a vote then,” Benedetto said.

The effort to get the gym built is being led by the Baton Rouge Basketball and Volleyball Association Inc. Jim Bernhard, president and chief executive officer of The Shaw Group Inc., is a key member of the group seeking to build the gym.

Plans call for BREC to put $1.5 million toward the $5 million cost of building an air-conditioned gym large enough for three basketball courts or five volleyball courts.

In other matters, Benedetto said 30 to 40 candidates have submitted resumes so far for the position of BREC superintendent. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 19.

The current superintendent, Bill Palmer, is retiring at the end of the year. The position is being advertised nationally and local candidates are also being interviewed.

The timeline for the search calls for a consulting firm to recommend up to six finalists by Sept. 27, who would then be interviewed by commissioners. The announcement of a new superintendent would be made at BREC’s Oct. 27 meeting.