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HCPS publishes minutes of School Board meetings after Board approval. Although the online minutes do not include signatures, citizens may arrange to review the official documents by completing a public records request with the Communications Department.

901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in workshop session September 15, 2015, at 9 a.m., in the Staff Conference Room, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins and Board Members Carol Kurdell, Sally Harris, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair Valdes presided.

Members Absent:  Doretha Edgecomb, April Griffin, Melissa Snively

Others present:

School Board Attorney – Jim Porter

Chief of Schools, Administration – Larry Sykes, Ed.D.
Chief of Staff – Alberto Vázquez, Ed.D.
Deputy Superintendent – Van Ayres

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:
            Curriculum and Instruction – Denny Oest
            Diversity – Lewis Brinson, Ed.D.   
            Information and Technology – Anna Brown, Ed.D.
            Student Services – Wynne Tye

Communications Manager – Jason Pepe, Ed.D.
External Communications Manager – Tonya Arja
Senior Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Patti McBride

News Media Representatives:
            Tampa Tribune – Marlene Sokol

Approximately eight people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Chair Valdes called the workshop to order at 9:11 a.m., commenting that Members Edgecomb, Griffin, and Snively would not be attending this workshop.


Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (Curriculum & Instruction Division))

This workshop was held to provide training to school board members in Hands-Only CPR.  Training was provided by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and the American Heart Association (AMA).

Superintendent Eakins welcomed everyone and thanked the partners – American Heart Association and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

Denny Oest made brief remarks and introductions were made:
  • Amanda Decker, Community Health Director, Tampa 
  • Bay – American Heart Association
  • Brenda Miller, Vice President of State Health Alliances – American Heart Association
  • Gul Dadlani, M.D., Pediatric Cardiology, and President – American Heart Association
  • Ronnie Rivera – Public Relations Officer – Hillsborough County Fire Rescue

Steve Vanoer, Supervisor - Physical Education/Health , made brief remarks on why "Hands-Only CPR”

Amanda Ducker, provided a short CPR video – "Life is Why” and Power Point presentation on "Hands-Only CPR” – initiative to train 150,000 students in Tampa Bay.

Dr. Dadlani discussed reason for training – the know-how to save a life improves the chain of survival -- increase the number of individuals in our community who know the two steps to staying alive with Hands-Only CPR – they are reaching out to schools, corporations, and community groups.  

Dr. Dadlani distributed:
  • Map of United States – Half of all states now require students to learn CPR before high school graduation. The American Heart Association would like a school district in the state of Florida to take the lead, especially Hillsborough County, since it’s the 8th largest in the nation.
  • Pre-and Post-Test Overall Results of students before training and after training
  • Draft copy of high school training
Ronnie Rivera explained and conducted the "Hands-Only CPR” training – adult models were used for actual training with participants; he discussed:
  • Compressions getting blood to carry oxygen to the heart
  • Good Samaritan Law (injury to a person you may be helping) – as long as you stay within the scope of care, the law will cover you
  • Causes of collapse – heart attack, drowning, lightning, - teaching CPR and water education
  • Infant and children (1-8 years of age) models were not provided, but touched on  CPR training
  • Demonstrated example of choking for adults using Heimlich maneuver for adults and what to do for a choking baby

There was general discussion to include opportunity for all students and employees to learn; participation costs/sustainability, which currently has been zero thanks to AMA and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, and to Tampa Bay Metroboard for providing CPR kits to each of our 27 high schools; worthy project for the Hillsborough Education Foundation to pick up; training for students at an early age (Head Start); CAC would be a good group to train and build awareness, as well as extend to Parent University

Dr. Dadlani extended invitation to join the AMA for CPR initiative media statement – October 23 (coordinate initiative with Tanya Arja).  The partners thanked the Board and staff for their time.

Chair Valdes thanked everyone involved for their partnership and the benefit of basic life-saving skills.

With no further discussion, the workshop adjourned at 10:45 a.m.  (Audio recording on file.)

HCPS publishes minutes of School Board meetings after Board approval. Although the online minutes do not include signatures, citizens may arrange to review the official documents by completing a public records request with the Communications Department.

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