Malakoff ISD trustees have hired Dr. Don Layton as superintendent to succeed Randy Perry.

“His 21 days as lone finalist ended on Monday so they went ahead and officially hired him and had him sign a contract,” Perry said. “Mr. Layton will officially start on June 3. And I will be in an advisory role in June, kind of showing him around and giving him anything he needs.”

Trustees named Layton lone finalist in April. Under state law, lone finalists must wait 21 days they can be officially hired.

Layton graduated from Woden High School in 1983 and later graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from SFA. He obtained a master's degree from Sam Houston State University.

For four years, he was assistant principal at Boerne High School in Central Texas and was the high school principal at Martin's Mill in Van Zandt County for three years. Layton coached basketball and taught for 18 years in Crockett, Temple, Ballinger and Slocum. Prior to his time in education, he served in the U.S. Army for eight years, with tours in Germany and Iraq.

Layton takes over a district that has been recognized for recent achievements in recent years. The district had campuses named Blue Ribbon schools in 2015 and 2016. The high school one-act play aggregation has been to state the last two years and finished second and third. The football team was a state finalist in 2018 and the basketball team made it to the regionals.

Perry is retiring on June 30.

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