Lakeview school directors hired a familiar face as the district's new leader.

In a special school board meeting July 24 the board voted unanimously to hire Douglas J. Mays as its new superintendent. Board members Clarissa Amon and Renee Marie Jenkins were absent.

Mays, who lives in Sandy Lake and serves on borough council there, is the superintendent of Commodore Perry schools. Earlier in his career he taught at Lakeview.

He will begin his term at Lakeview Sept. 1. His four year-contract runs through Aug. 31, 2016. He will be paid $105,000 for the 2012-13 school year.

According to Herald files, Mays was hired as the head girls varsity basketball coach at Lakeview in 1986. In 2006 he was hired as the principal of Commodore Perry High School, returning to Mercer County classrooms after working as a principal at Keystone High School in Knox, Clarion County.

Mays replaces Frank McClard, 54, who resigned June 30 after leading the district since 2008. His resignation came a year before his contract was set to expire.

McClard had been at the center of controversy this past school year after two teachers filed a federal lawsuit alleging McClard was forcing religion into the schools, according to Herald and Allied News files.

Dr. Hendley D. Hoge, who retired from Mercer area schools in 2011, has been serving as acting superintendent and interim high school principal.

Published Aug. 4, 2012, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.