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Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa will deliver the village’s first ever “State of the Village” speech on Monday to give residents an overview of the major projects being undertaken by local leaders. Kulpa said he doesn’t want the presentation to be “pompous” in any way, but he does want village residents to have better access to information.

“We haven’t done a great job with communicating, in general,” he said. “We haven’t done a good job of collecting where we are at year’s end and reporting it back to the community.”

He hopes Monday’s State of the Village report helps change that.

The speech and multimedia presentation will be given at 7 p.m. in the village Meeting House, 5658 Main St. Kulpa said he intends to touch on the status of the historic Williamsville Water Mill, the village’s “Picture Main Street” initiative, and water consolidation plans, among other topics.

Residents also will have the opportunity to submit questions during a question-and-answer period with the village trustees. For those unable to attend the meeting, a live feed of the speech will be available at

“I’m hoping people walk away from this saying, ‘Oh, the village has a lot of irons in the fire, and I want to know more about it,’ ” Kulpa said. “I’m hoping we can just get genuine feedback.”

The Williamsville Village Board will meet beforehand at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Meeting House, prior to the State of the Vilage address. That meeting will be preceded by a work session at 5:30 p.m.

Also this week:

• The Williamsville Central School District has been named to the third annual College Board Advanced Placement Honor Roll, placing it in the top 3 percent of districts nationwide.

The designation is earned for increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. The AP program enables high school students to take college-level classes and earn college credits.

Williamsville is among 32 districts across New York, and three locally (including Hamburg and Holland), to earn the honor. It is the first year Williamsville has been named to the list.

Williamsville offers 20 AP courses at its three high schools. In the past five years, the number of Williamsville students taking AP classes grew by 18 percent. In 2012, students took 1,952 exams and earned a score of three or higher on 1,576 of them, according to the district.

The complete third Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at