School board votes in favour of AED purchases

The Clearview School Division revisited the AED purchase question at the school board meeting last Thursday, and this time the board

This is one of the two AEDs — Automated External Defibrillators — purchased by William E. Hay Composite High School. Last week

The Clearview School Division revisited the AED purchase question at the school board meeting last Thursday, and this time the board came to a decision.

During the Nov. 28 meeting, the trustees voted to table discussion of the AED purchase until Dec. 12.

Trustee John Schofer was once again outspoken against the purchases, while Yvette Cassidy wanted to the board to provide schools with AEDs.

“I’d rather see teachers in front of students than an AED hanging on the wall,” Schofer said.

“If a school feels they need one, they can purchase them from their budget.”

He also brought up concerns about maintenance for the machines.

“It’s the same battery you put in your radio,” Cassidy replied.

Cassidy made a motion at the last meeting to purchase AEDs for Coronation high school and Gus Wetter School in Castor.

She suggested those two schools because William E. Hay in Stettler has two already, and she believes the remainder of the division’s high schools should have AEDs because older students are more likely to need them. That motion was voted on last Thursday and carried, with Schofer, Dave Goodwin and Staci Gerlitz opposed.

Each unit will cost about $2,500.

“We appreciate it (the purchase),” said Gus Wetter principal Daram van Oers.

Cassidy is also happy the motion passed. “I think it is great and a very good start. No matter what I feel, we have an obligation to provide safe environments for our kids and $2,500 seems like such a nominal price for something that could save a life.”.

The decision comes only several weeks after William E. Hay purchased two AEDs out of its own budget, costing the school about $4,000.

After a student with a heart condition came forward to ask about the purchase of an AED, the school talked to the school board and was told the purchase was the individual school’s decision.

William E. Hay principal Norbert Baharally said this week that he will mention it to the board now that the motion was carried for Gus Wetter and Coronation high schools to receive their own AEDs.

“Definitely, I will ask the question with regards to that,” he said Monday. “I’m not sure if those other schools had the same message we got — that it was a school decision.”

 

Just Posted

Stettler Wildcats go entire season undefeated

Downs Drayton Valley Warriors 28 - 7 in last game of season

Producers losing money on every barrel sold

Price for Western Canadian Oilsands bitumen so low

Castor man killed in collision

Pronounced deceased at scene

Our Town Stettler: An aerial view

Shows a larger picture of evolution of community

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Temporary roads being built in areas affected by landslide in northern B.C.

Emergency Management BC news release says Disaster Financial Assistance is available to eligible residents of the Peace River Regional District who may have been affected by the landslides

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Pot sales down by nearly 70% on Day 2 of legalization in B.C.

Several products on BC Cannabis Store are still sold out

Colourfully named cannabis products appeal to youth, Tory health critic says

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says the Liberal government needs to do more to ensure cannabis products available online are not enticing to young people

B.C. high school teacher faces sexual assault charges

A Mt. Boucherie teacher has been charged with child luring, sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

Most Read