The Havre School Board took care of some business at Tuesday’s meeting in Havre Middle School, recognizing the achievements of its students and enacting a new policy for the safety of anyone in Havre High School so far.
The meeting began with the board distributing this month's Outstanding Achievement awards.
In the second meeting to give the award, the board recognized the outstanding achievement of the school’s Special Olympics basketball team last month.
From Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, nine Havre athletes went to Butte for the Special Olympics Montana state basketball championship and returned with the gold medal.
“It’s a pretty cool thing that they went down there, and they won, ” Superintendent Andy Carlson said. “It’s exciting for our district. ”
The team members were congratulated, given a certificate acknowledging their outstanding achievement and had a group photo taken with the board.
After receiving a grant paying for one defibrillator and $250 worth of training in how to use it, Personnel Director Karla Wohlwend and nurse Jana Nordboe presented a new policy for the schools, regarding the placement, training and use of this potentially life-saving device.
Nordboe said it is really important for schools to have these, since many people besides students come to the schools, for various events.
“They are so user-friendly that the liability actually lies in not having them, ” Nordboe said.
There is only one defibrillator in the school district now, though the goal is to add them to all of the school buildings “slowly but surely, ” Nordboe said.
She would also like to have groups of at least eight- to 10-person “response teams, ” in each building trained in how to use the device. Optimally, she said, as many people as possible should participate in the training which also includes CPR and first aid training.
Carlson said that he had already been approached by staff who wanted to be trained before this policy was even in place.