Casey school personnel trained to use defibrillators

November 10, 2004|BRENDA EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Personnel have been trained to use an automated external defibrillator to treat victims who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

Kay King, school health nurse, told the Casey County Board of Education Monday that since the board approved two defibrillators for the high school and one for the middle school in August, 30 people have been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use the defibrillator. Most of those trained are from the high and middle schools and others are from Douglas and Phillips elementaries.

The board approved a policy pertaining to the equipment that King presented. The policy states the school system must have a program coordinator, a medical advisor, authorized AED users, trained personnel, and defibrillators have to be kept in certain locations on school property and checked regularly.

"It's a good thing for the school districts," said King. She said most school districts surrounding Casey County are using the same policy. She said the defibrillators will be ready to use later this month.


In other matters, the school board delayed action on the distribution of drug kits in Casey schools on the advice of Winter Huff, board attorney. The kits were to be distributed to custodial parents by the Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Board to allow parents the opportunity to discern if their child is using illicit substances, but Huff suggested that some people may not be custodial parents. She advised the board to wait on action and also suggested the kits be picked up by parents in other locations.

The board also learned that it has $6.1 million in cash with $3.4 million in the general fund, according to Deena Randolph, board treasurer and manager of district wide services.

She said the budget shows the school system has $450,000 in certificates of deposit from the general fund, and $6 million in the construction fund. She said cash is up by $1.7 million from last year due to construction. The general fund balance is $3.8 million, up $733,000 this month,

Randolph said during a recent state conference, the finance officers were warned to use caution when spending because of the lack of a state budget. She also said personnel will get a 1 percent pay hike in January.

In other money matters, the board agreed to purchase three new school buses for this fiscal year. The total cost is $167,637.

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