Several Depew School District staffers have the opportunity to gain leadership skills while helping the district’s high-need students.

Assistant Superintendent Susan Frey told the Depew Board of Education this week that the district has been awarded the New York State Education Department Strengthening Teachers and Leaders Effectiveness Grant.

Awarded in the fall, the grant offers the district $246,500 over two years to allow 13 teachers, the three building principals and Frey to complete the STLE Career Ladder program.

Through the program, teachers and administrators will gain leadership skills while improving academic success for students. The grant will fund staff stipends, collaboration with coaches from Buffalo State College, tuition for advance studies for staff, conferences, training materials and iPads and keyboards for the 17 participants.

By the end of year two, the group hopes to accomplish several goals, including having 25 percent of district educators involved in one or more leadership activities, having 80 percent of educators actively participating in at least one team that analyzes student assessment data and improving the overall percentage of economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities who score proficient in English Language Arts and math by 10 percent.

“This is really an opportunity for our staff to come together as adult learners,” Frey said.

Also this week:

• The Depew Village Board meets in a work session at 6 p.m. Monday, followed by a regular business meeting at 7 p.m. in the Depew Municipal Building, 85 Manitou St.