ITALY - The Italy School board of trustees unanimously named Jimmie Malone of Fort Worth as the lone finalist in its superintendent search.

The board made the decision during a called meeting Tuesday. Malone has served as interim superintendent since August.

Malone served as superintendent in Kopperl ISD from 1984 to 1989, in S&S Consolidated ISD from 1989 to 1993 and in Decatur ISD from 1993 to 1999.

He taught composite science and was head coach in Aquilla ISD from 1970-71 and was science teacher, head coach, elementary principal and high school principal in Whitney ISD from 1971 to 1984.

Malone, a 1965 graduate of Hillsboro High School, earned his associateís of arts degree from Hill Junior College and a bachelorís degree in science (biology and chemistry) from Dallas Baptist University. He obtained his masterís of education degree in education administration/superintendent/mid-management from Tarleton State University in 1976.

Malone is a life member of the Phi Delta Chi Fraternity and an honorary life member of the Texas Association of School Administrators.

He has been a member of the Whitney Lions Club, serving on the board of directors and past president; was a member of the Whitney City Council; served as vice president on the Hill Junior College Board of Regents; and served on the advisory board for Region X Education Service Center.

Malone was ordained as a deacon at Central Baptist Church in Hillsboro, was named in the Outstanding Young Men of America by the U.S. Jaycees and was employee of the year in 2006 at Nichols Ford.

The school board will wait 21 days before officially offering Malone a contract.