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School in Lake Shore district is planning book exchange for students

A book exchange program is on the horizon at Highland Elementary School, building Principal Christopher Walsh said during Tuesday’s Lake Shore Central School Board work session.

According to Walsh, the idea came from meetings of the shared decision making team, which he said had been “dormant” for a while.

“We revived it here at Highland,” Walsh said, noting that the group has been meeting every two weeks this fall.

One of the first decisions was to start the process of the book exchange, in which students bring at least one book to the all-purpose room a couple of times a month and exchange it for another. The goal is to increase the amount of reading by students.

“Bring a book, take a book,” Walsh said.

The principal told the board three fourth-grade students approached him and said they would help organize the exchange and get information to other students on how it works.

At this time, Walsh said the school is collecting books and that “age-appropriate” books can be donated to be exchanged.

He added that the exact start date of the program has not been determined because the school is still in the process of collecting books.

In other news, Superintendent James Przepasniak told the board the budget process is beginning for the 2016-17 school year.

“It’s that time of the year,” he said.

At this time, he said the district is in the early stages of working on a draft budget, as principals and other district officials have been given paperwork to start filling out.

“We’re getting feedback about the budget,” Przepasniak said.

According to Daniel Pacos, assistant superintendent for administration and finance, meetings with district officials on the budget will take place in the next couple of weeks, and then the budget committee will begin discussing it in January.

Przepasniak noted that for the next several months, the budget will be discussed at nearly every meeting, but because it is so early in the process, he does not know what the starting figures will be.