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Tue, Oct. 22

HUSD hires new director of transportation from within

Kim Porter

Kim Porter

Twelve years ago Kim Porter hired on with the Humboldt Unified School District as a bus driver. This month she became its director of transportation, replacing Cheryl Shaul, who resigned effective Oct. 3.

Porter also is a certified school bus trainer and CPR instructor for the district, and a certified Third Party Commercial Driver's License tester for Motor Vehicle Department.

Since 2006, Porter has handled student discipline issues on school buses, including meeting with parents and school administrators; monitoring bus videos; issuing bus tickets; and, when necessary, suspending students.

With a bachelor's degree in art and photography, transportation seemed an unlikely career for someone who managed photo labs in Phoenix.

"When you move to Prescott, you do what you have to do. There was one photography lab in town, and it was also at a time when things were moving toward digital," Porter said with a laugh.

She obtained her commercial driver's license and began working for HUSD in 1997.

A few years later, Porter began working as a volunteer for the Williamson Valley Fire Department, and that has evolved into attending the Arizona Wildfire Academy through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

She earned her Emergency Medical Technician certificate in 2004, and occasionally works a 24-hour weekend shift for the WVFD.

While Shaul was director, Porter was able to offer her opinions during the planning stages of the district's new bus barn that will go in on the Bradshaw Mountain High School East campus this coming year.

"I'm really looking forward to the new building. The final plans have come in - they're in my office right now," she said.

Porter will continue to work with courses and trainers for new drivers from at least nine school districts around northern Arizona.

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