CLOVERDALE -- In a crowded room including an entire row of members of the Cloverdale High School basketball team, Coach Pat Rady was honored for his 700th career win.
"We would like to present you with some tokens of appreciation," said CHS Principal Sonny Stoltz during the Monday night school board meeting.
In honor of his success, Rady was given two plaques, a decorated 700th win basketball and a banner with his picture on it.
"It is quite an honor," Rady said. "I have always said the greatest profession was coaching. The worse profession was being a coach's wife."
Rady gave tribute to his wife, Margaret, for supporting him through his 46-year career and for baking so many cookies.
He also said the boys who have been on his teams through the years should have been the ones to receive the awards.
"They do all the work and I get all the recognition," he said.
Rady's 700th win was a collection from not just Cloverdale, but from all the schools he has coached.
"It is an honor and privilege to be a part of Cloverdale Community Schools," Rady said.
Superintendent Carrie Milner congratulated Rady with a hug and a small trip down memory lane. Board member James Sharp had a picture from Rady's wedding day. Sharp was his best man.
At the end of the meeting, board Vice President Linda Mann thanked Sharp for his years of work with Rady.
The good news continued with an update from Stoltz on the school's safety audit conducted by state officials.
"We received exemplary commendations," he told board members. "They were amazed by how secure our schools are and left very pleased."
Cloverdale was one of 40 schools in the State of Indiana to be chosen for the safety audit.
"We were surprised (by the audit)," said Milner. "Sonny has done a very good job."
In addition, the Cloverdale school system has just undergone its State Board of Accounts audit.
"It was a good report," said Milner.
Since it was just a preliminary report, Milner could only share some information. Once the official report is in, all board members will receive a copy.
During a presentation by Erin Sinclair, board members saw how the new VersaTran program works. The transportation department will use the system to track bus routes and students who are bus riders.
It not only gives a list of every students riding a bus, but it gives turn-by-turn directions, the length of time a student is on the bus and the mileage driven by each bus driver.
"We are hoping to clean up our Knoy routes," noted Milner.
The school corporation is also hoping to cut a few routes and save money in the long run with the program.
In other business:
* The board approved to purchase an electronic version of NEOLA at a cost of $4,400 with a $500 per year service agreement. NEOLA is computer software used for the management of documents for school systems. It includes board bylaws, policies, administrative guidelines and procedures, forms, student-parent handbooks and staff handbooks.
* The board approved a resolution to move up to $1 million of its unused and unencumbered general fund balance to the rainy day fund beginning this month.
* During superintendent comments, Milner noted all snow days have been used. Graduation is still set for 4 p.m. May 29, and the students' last day of school will be May 28.
* The board approved the following personnel changes:
Transfer -- Cynthia Byrer from food services to high school custodian
Coaching -- High school: Missy Carroll, assistant softball coach; Traci Toney, girls assistant volleyball coach; Matt Langdon, volunteer varsity boys assistant golf coach; and James Archer, boys baseball volunteer assistant coach. Middle school: Debbie Atwood as the seventh and eighth grade cheer coach
* Milner gave recognition to several Cloverdale students who have artwork displayed at the Putnam County Museum in Greencastle. The museum opened its second annual Putnam County Student Art Show last week and the work will be on display until early May.
The following students have work on exhibit:
Elementary -- Kiara Boyd, RaeLee Richardson, Nisha Mall, Beth Ann Robertson and Skyla Renner.
Middle school -- Russell Rose, Bridget Jackson, Kaylee Sutherlin, Erin Beatty, Kiersten Mundy, Mystic Minnick, Rylie Vauters, Kellee Cross, Anthony Stone, Rachel Mboga, Lillian Boyd, Ambrie Kidder and Taylor Mescall.
High school -- Erin Ulrey, Samantha Rightmyer, Michael Jackson, Stacia Sheperd and Holly McCammon.