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Patience, calm demeanor essential for school bus employees



The Humboldt Unified School District honored two transportation staff at the June 16 governing board meeting as selected by Director of Transportation Kim Porter for the VIP award.

Cheryl Dancey, special needs aide, has worked with the district for 17 years handling difficult student situations with ease and professionalism, Porter said.

"She is enthusiastic, friendly, and has a calm disposition," Porter wrote in her nomination memo.

Dancey also keeps MIPS paperwork current and organized, and uses proper procedure for wheelchair securement. Porter said the aide employs great communication skills with her drivers, students and parents.

Bus driver Kristen Lawrence's calm demeanor is a plus in her position, too. She's been with the district for seven years and has a good rapport with students, parents and co-workers.

"Kristen is a cautious driver and very aware of her surroundings. She uses defensive driving at all times and her bus is well-maintained," Porter said.

In addition to driving duties, Lawrence is a CPR and first aid instructor, delivers the mail, and served on the district's Meet and Confer Committee this past year representing the transportation department.

"She maintains a positive, professional attitude, and is flexible and cooperative," Porter said.

Credit Union West Branch Manager Kiona Bell presented Lawrence and Dancey with $50 gift cards to show the bank's support for the school district.

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