Michael May is ready to ship out from Maple Heights and set sail with the Shoremen.

The Avon Lake school board was scheduled to vote Tuesday on hiring May as principal at Avon Lake High School. The board has proposed extending a three-year contract to him, effective Aug. 1.

May, 43, would succeed Melissa Isaly-Johns, who has been serving as interim principal since last August.

Avon Lake City Schools began searching for the high school’s next principal in January, Superintendent Robert Scott said. Out of 45 applicants, May was among 10 selected for an interview and one of three finalists, Scott said.

May comes to Avon Lake from the Maple Heights City Schools, where he has been director of personnel for the past two years. Prior to that, he was principal at Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst for five years. He also was an assistant principal at Westlake High School for five years and at Vermilion High School for one year.

May began his teaching career in New Jersey before moving to the Cleveland area and working as a social studies teacher in Amherst. He has also coached high school basketball in Amherst and New Jersey.

“I am excited to work with the administration, high school staff and students,” May said in a written statement. “I hope to continue to build on the school’s high achievement in education, arts, acts of service and athletics while building a collaborative, positive culture. Avon Lake is an outstanding, supportive community and the school district is one of the best in Ohio. I am proud to now be a part of this excellence.”

May played basketball for York College of Pennsylvania, serving as captain his senior year.

He earned history degrees from the college and Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed his second master’s degree at Wilmington University in Delaware, focusing on school leadership. He also holds a superintendent’s certification.

“We are excited to have Mike as a new member of our team,” Scott said. “The search process was very rigorous. We have found our leader of the future for our high school.”

Scott also praised Isaly-Johns.

“She has done a good job this year keeping Avon Lake High School a well-run, high-quality school and we look forward to working with her in the future,” he said, adding that Isaly-Johns will remain part of the district’s administrative team.

May lives in Amherst with his wife, Jessica, and children, Ethan and Bryn.

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