All Hayward Unified middle and high schools will be equipped with automated external defibrillators being purchased by the city Fire Department and school district.

The Fire Department received a $5,000 grant to buy five of the machines, and Hayward Unified agreed to match the grant. The Fire Department reached out to the school district after Jose Manuel Beltran, a Southern California eighth-grader, collapsed in his gym class in January and died from apparent sudden cardiac arrest. School staff members tried cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but the school did not have a defibrillator on campus.

“No parent should have to endure what the Beltran family is going through right now, especially if there”s a device that could have potentially saved this young boy”s life,” Fire Chief Garrett Contreras said in a statement.

Firefighters will train school staff members on how to use the defibrillators.

Contest encourages green transportation

About 70,000 students from 107 schools throughout Alameda County will walk, bike, carpool or take transit the first two weeks of March as part of the Pollution Solution Golden Sneaker Contest.

The classroom with the most students taking part at each school will win a Golden Sneaker trophy to note their efforts to support a healthier environment. The school with the greatest increase of students using green modes of transportation will be given a Platinum Sneaker trophy and recognized by the Alameda County Transportation Commission at its March 26 meeting.

The commission funds the contest, which is sponsored by the county”s Safe Routes to Schools program.

Last year, 72 Alameda County schools competed in the contest.

Fremont school bond committee set

The committee that oversees how Fremont Unified is spending its $650 million bond will meet Wednesday.

The Measure E Citizens” Bond Oversight Committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in the American High School library, 36300 Fremont Blvd. It is open to the public.

Former Fremont Councilwoman Anu Natarajan is chairwoman of the seven-person committee, whose members represent groups of parents, senior citizens, businesses and taxpayers. The committee also has five alternates.

The Fremont school board appoints committee members, whose job is to “review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers” money for school construction,” according to state education law.

Voters in June passed Measure E to pay for renovations at Fremont Unified”s aging campuses, some of which are a half-century old.

The bond measure”s projects include installing Internet cabling and wireless access points; updating science and computer labs; upgrading electrical wiring; replacing leaky roofs and aging plumbing; and removing asbestos.

Call the school district office at 510-657-2350 for details about the meeting.

Homeroom is a roundup of news from Alameda County schools.

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