Lakeview

The top layer of the track at Lakeview Junior/Senior High School will be replaced next summer.

Julie Blum, The Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — The Lakeview Community Schools superintendent has a new contract.

The district's board of education voted unanimously Monday night to approve a two-year contract extension for Aaron Plas that starts July 1, 2018, and ends June 30, 2020.

Plas was hired as the district's superintendent in February 2016 and took over when Russ Freeman retired that summer. His initial two-year contract runs through June 2018.

Keith Runge, school board president, said Plas has the board's support because of the guidance he has provided during his short time with the district.

“He’s done a good job leading the school. He’s got good energy and we feel like we are lucky to have him. We want to make sure we keep him for three years,” Runge said.

Plas is earning $124,900 for the 2017-18 school year, an increase from his 2016-17 salary of $122,500. His salary for next school year will be set by the board in June 2018.

Plas joined Lakeview after serving as assistant principal, activities director and a business teacher at York High School.

Also during the meeting, the board approved a bid to repair the track at Lakeview Junior/Senior High School.

Plas said the track needs repairs because the top layer is “bubbling” and coming off.

“We’ve got flaking up of the blue topcoat in several places, especially in the jumps area,” Plas said.

The foundation and base mat system are in good condition, so just the top layer of the running surface needs to be replaced.

An $86,284 bid from Fisher Tracks Inc. of Boone, Iowa, was accepted by the board. The project is scheduled to be done after track season next summer.

The new surface is expected to last seven to 10 years. The topcoat will be painted the same blue color currently featured on the track.

The bid also comes with a five-year warranty.

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