ITALY — The Italy ISD board of trustees revoked its offer naming Michael Steck of Veribest ISD as lone finalist in the school’s superintendent search at a called meeting Monday evening.

The board had interviewed six possible superintendent candidates last week and unanimously named Steck as lone finalist Thursday evening.

Steck learned Friday, however, that the Veribest school board refused to release him from the remainder of his five-year contract. He has been with the district since 2008.

Steck brought the school district from an unacceptable rating to an exemplary district rating within a two-year period.

The Italy board then met in a called meeting Monday evening to discuss the selection of another lone finalist candidate. The trustees took no action at the meeting but noted they will invite a possible candidate back to another called board meeting Monday, April 4.

The board also discussed personnel in a budget work session but took no action at Monday’s meeting.

School districts are required to release the name of a superintendent finalist 21 days before the hiring choice is made official.