The Skyline USD 438 has received CPR kits from the American Heart Association.

In a cardiac arrest situation, seconds count. Skyline received new, CPR equipment, free of charge, from the American Heart Association. Jennifer Thompson, AHA Senior Youth Market Director, presented the equipment to the Skyline Board of Education at their monthly meeting Oct. 9.

Thompson gave a brief demonstration of the equipment and explained how it all worked. Thompson has been working with Skyline Athletic Director Andrew Nation who learned the procedures.

The new equipment includes 10 CPR manikins, an automated external defibrillator, lesson plans, instructional DVD for CPR, AED operation and chocking. The manikins make a clicking sound when chest compressions are done correctly.

Learning CPR can save lives. Thompson said 80 percent of cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals. Only seven percent of those survive the cardiac arrest. When Thompson's child was three months old, she chocked on a chip and Thompson was able to get the chip out using techniques she had learned 10 years earlier.

In one incident, a woman had a cardiac arrest in an outdoors area a long way from vehicles or a hospital. Several nurses gave the woman CPR for 40 minutes and saved her life, Thompson said.

Thompson said the AHA has been trying to get schools to adopt a policy that would make it mandatory for high school students to have CPR training in order to graduate. High school and middle school students can be trained in CPR. This program provides training for CPR but the participants not certified.

High school and college age students with CPR training are more likely to jump in during an emergency situation because they are less afraid they might get sued which doesn't happen in Kansas because of the Good Samaritan bill. Some might be worried that a person might not need CPR but if someone doesn't need CPR, they will tell you, Thompson said.

Skyline already supports the AHA with Jump Rope For Heart and has done so for many years.

"We appreciate the relationship with Skyline and their Jump Rope for Heart organization," Thompson said.

The Kansas Supreme Court finally handed down a ruling in favor of schools so the State Legislature will have to fund schools as required. The problem is the state is still in a financial downturn and coming up with the money will be a difficult challenge for the next legislative session, said Skyline Superintendent Becca Flowers.

The official enrollment numbers are in and Skyline has 414 students. This is an average of 15 students per classroom. Flowers said she would be looking at the budget to make sure it would fit the student numbers.

Kansas schools have to go through an accreditation process. Schools are on a five year cycle for Kansas Educational Systems Accreditation. Skyline is on track with compliance factors up to date to provide an education system that will assure that every child will succeed. Skyline follows "Kansas Vision for Education" that provides guidelines for that student success.

As part of the KESA requirements, Skyline students are participating in Civic and Social Engagement activities throughout the county. Students have completed community service projects including working on the B-29 Memorial grounds, walking dogs and cleaning the building at the Pratt Area Humane Society, cleaning overgrown curbs and gutters in Sawyer, cleaning May Dennis Park, helped decorate the school for homecoming and cleared sumac from the OWLS area.

Diane House, student success coordinator, said the students were enthusiastic about their projects and were seeing other areas that could use some help. Students in grades 8-12 do the projects on early out days.

House said the students took pride in what they did and even though they didn't live in the places where they worked, they said 'That's our community.'

In other action, the Board approved the following positions:

Karen Kumberg and Melissa Jacobs were both hired for one third position each as science fair coordinator.

Brenda Piester was haired as a teacher’s aid, science fair coordinator, Science Olympiad team coach and Scholar’s Bowl team coach.

Bonnie West was hired as a school bus driver.

Mary Robinson was hired as a custodian.