The reason they were all there was apparent -- Coach Bruce Cook. At last month's meeting, Cook's position as head girl's basketball coach was taken from him when the board decided not to renew his contract. Since then, signs have been popping up all over Cloverdale supporting Cook.
At the meeting, all five senior players stood up and told the board they should reconsider. One by one they stood before the board pleading with them to allow Cook to remain as coach for one more year and how they support Cook.
Mark McCammon, Senior Kristin McCa-mmon's father, was next to address the board.
"We have a petition with 290 signatures to reinstate Coach Cook," Mark said. "Coach Cook has done nothing but bring positives to this school, all we're asking for is one more year."
Mark also stated how he understands the board is forced to make hard decisions like this sometimes and they didn't make a mistake. However, he said that they had the chance to do something great if they will reinstate Cook for another year.
"At this time, all the good coaches already have jobs. If you find a coach this late in the game, there is a reason they are not already employed," Mark said.
Former coach Al Tucker stood up and told the board and crowd how he initially told Cook to just forget it and move on.
"I talked to Bruce right after it happened and said obviously the board is against you -- it's just time to move on […] then I asked him if he would even want to coach. He told me the night it happened he didn't want to, but the next day after the five senior girls came, he would," Tucker told the board. "Cookie already said he would turn in his resignation if he was given the chance to coach for one more year. The right thing to do is give Coach Cook one more year and I guarantee you he will resign after this year."
Newly appointed Board President Pam Hepner stated that the board will take all comments under consideration. She also asked for a copy of the petition.
At this time, no decisions have been made as to whether they will hold a special meeting regarding this topic, or if they will wait until August's regularly scheduled meeting.
The board also elected new officers at the meeting. Pam Hepner was elected as new president, Linda Mann is now vice president and Donna Fidler is the new secretary. The board will also continue to receive $1,500 compensation per year and meet at the same time on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Superintendent Carrie Milner stated that school sign-up would be in the Middle School Café on Aug. 5 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. then 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. For Kindergarten and all new students, it will be on Aug. 7 and 8.