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Cheektowaga

The physical education department in the Maryvale schools was awarded $735,000 under the Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant administered by the U.S. Department of Education following six years “of persistent work” to encourage healthy lifestyles for the district’s students, Maryvale officials announced recently.

The funds are expected to be allocated toward the purchase of “state-of-the-art cardio equipment, interactive games and supplies” that will help Maryvale students “understand the importance of exercise and maintaining a healthy life style,” the district announced.

Under the terms of the grant, students must participate in five assessments this school year and four in 2013-14.

District officials said students from kindergarten through fourth grade will wear pedometers and record the number of daily steps they take and then learn to electronically record their progress. Grade 5-12 students will also wear pedometers and record their progress, according to a district statement, as well as be responsible for completing a nutrition questionnaire and journaling their physical activities.

District official plan to brief parents on the grant and school program at a special Feb. 27 informational session. Further details are expected to be released as the event draws closer.

Meanwhile, in Depew schools, Superintendent Jeffrey R. Rabey announced that Michelle Kudla, who took over as acting principal at Cayuga Heights Elementary School more than a year ago, will continue in that role and will be supported, until further notice, by Mrs. Salva, the school’s acting assistant principal.

Kudla replaced Principal Robert J. Puchalski who was initially placed on administrative leave in December 2011 and subsequently terminated by the district last month after he was found responsible for misconduct and other violations of the state’s Education Law following alleged misuse of school monies and inappropriate relationships with staff.

“Thus far,” said Rabey, “we have had a successful 2012-13 school year and will continue to focus our attention on the education of our students in conjunction and partnership with teachers, staff and community.”

Also this week:

• The final performance of the Cheektowaga High School’s musical “All Shook Up” will be held at 2 p.m. today at the high school, 3600 Union Road.

• The Maryvale School Board will hold a 6 p.m. Monday meeting in the board room at the Samuel R. Bennett Administration Building, 1050 Maryvale Drive.

• The Town Board is scheduled to hold a 6 p.m. Tuesday work session in the council office conference room at Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• The “Not So Newlywed Game” will be a featured special event from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. The event will include a buffet catered by Peter G. before “willing participants” from the audience will be selected by random draw to participate in the whimsical game with prizes to be awarded to the winning couples.

• The Cheektowaga Patriotic Commission will hold a 7 p.m. Wednesday meeting at the senior center.

• The Cheektowaga Planning Board is slated to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers of town hall.

• The Cleveland Hill and Cheektowaga Central high school bands will join together to form a 140-piece concert band and honor the U.S. Armed Forces and first responders at the third annual Band Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday. The free concert is open to the public and will be held in Cleveland Hill’s Walter Heffley Auditorium, 105 Mapleview Road.

• The Polish Genealogical Society of New York State will hold a presentation, “Writing Your Own Personal History,” by Nancy Ganoe, a genealogist and member of the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, at 7 p.m. Thursday from the cafeteria at Villa Maria College, 240 Pine Ridge Road.

• A shingles vaccine clinic, sponsored by Rite Aid Pharmacy, will be set up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the senior center’s conference room. The clinic is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call Cynthia Swiger at 688-0641, ext. 3.