Mike Caudill, my boss and mentor, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2007. You may read the obituaries to find out about his long fight printed in both the Richmond Register and at Kentucky.com.
Mike was the superintendent of Madison County Schools and was the one who hired me in my current position. He was of great support to me both professionally and personally, and I'm sure I'm not the only principal, teacher, custodian, kitchen manager, etc. to say so. He was there for everyone on his staff. But mostly, he was there for the students of Madison County, especially the ones he dubbed, "Mike's Kids", the at-risk poulation needing the most help. The kids I serve in my Alternative Program.
I went to his visitation this evening. There must have been 700 people there, in just the first hour. He meant alot to many people. We were lucky to have known him.
In his visitation card, a small simple prayer is printed from A Gentle Thunder. It goes:
You want to make a difference in your world?
Live a holy life:
- Be faithful to your spouse.
- Be the one at the office (or school) who refuses to cheat.
- Be the neighbor who acts neighborly.
- Be the employee who does the work and doesn't complain.
- Pay your bills.
- Doyour part and enjoy life.
- Don't speak one message and live another.
- People are watching the way act more than they are listening to what we say.
Rest in peace, Mr. Caudill.