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Maryvale, Depew and Clarence win State Ed grant for teaching, leadership training

Maryvale administrators announced Monday they are one of three districts that have been awarded a nearly $1 million grant from the state Department of Education.

New York tentatively informed the Maryvale, Depew and Clarence districts that they will receive a $922,500 grant for teaching and leadership training. With Depew serving as the leader of the consortium, the three districts will share the money to provide funding to continue training and improving staff and administrative development.

According to Maryvale Assistant Superintendent James Maloney, the three districts have each prioritized initiatives to concentrate on. However, the other districts can send their staff to their partners for training in that initiative.

Maryvale will concentrate on the implementation of their strategic plan, offer extensive training for their teachers, increase the engagement they have with students and improve literary training for the new Common Core standards at the high school.

“This is really critical funding,” Maloney said. “The district usually doesn’t have money to properly train teachers and principals.”

In other news, Superintendent Deborah Ziolkowski reported that the district’s overall enrollment has increased by a few dozen students this year, up to 2,252 total. However, the number of Maryvale district children enrolled in area charter schools has increased beyond projections. The district initially anticipated about 18 children would enroll in charter schools, but so far 23 kids have signed up, leaving Maryvale about $45,000 in the red.