The Depew School District had its highest graduation rate in years this June, at 87 percent, compared with the state average of 70 percent.
Of that number, 97 percent graduated with a Regents diploma including 44 percent with an advanced Regents diploma, Assistant Superintendent Susan Frey told the Board of Education on Tuesday night.
Frey and three principals gave an overview of student performance on state assessment tests this past school year and reported on new measures in 2012-13 to further improve those efforts.
These range from 90-minute daily literacy sessions at Cayuga Heights Elementary School to "My Big Campus" at the high school, an interactive program that includes teacher blogs that can be accessed by students at school and home.
The board also adopted a framework of goals for this year that includes continuing improvement of communication and partnerships with parents, residents, community agencies, businesses and town public officials. Depew includes parts of Cheektowaga and Lancaster.
The board also was updated by representatives of LP Ciminelli and Wright & Young Architects on the $15.9 million capital project.
Included is the relocation of district offices from the Terrace Education Center to the high school; an addition at Cayuga Heights; improvements to the bus garage; and renovations to music, art, science and special-education classrooms and the cafeteria at the high school and to classrooms at the middle school.
Some of the work in the two-year project is expected to be completed by November, including the new district offices.
Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey complimented both firms on their work, saying communication with the district has been excellent.
In other business:
. The board heard a presentation from Torrey Rueger, a member of Boy Scout Troop 352 of Lancaster, on the renovations to the Dream Garden at Cayuga Heights that he made this summer for an Eagle Scout project.
The junior at Depew High School said he and fellow troop members worked on the project that took about 470 hours from planning to completion.
He also said Cub Scout Pack 468 assisted with maintenance. Mulch was donated by the Lancaster Town Highway Department.
. Joseph D'Amato, principal of Depew Middle School, said an anti-bullying assembly will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday in the High School auditoirum.
The speaker is Mark O'Brien, of Marilla, a retired decorated Marine corporal who served two tours of duty in Iraq.