Caudill, a native of Perry County and graduate of Dilce Combs High School, received degrees from Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University. Caudill’s parents, Bill and Zell Davis Caudill are residents of Vicco. His sister, Lisa Caudill Williamson, is presently a resident of Richmond, Texas, but as soon as she can sell the family home, she will be joining her husband Tim Williamson in Lexington, Kentucky where he has recently been named Area Manager for Windstream.
According to Madison County School Board member Dr. Doug Whitlock, who is President of Eastern Kentucky University, “Caudill was all about middle schools.” Whitlock told his fellow board members that “he started there as a teacher, and that is where he was principal, and his heart was always in middle school.” It was Dr. Whitlock who made the motion to name the new middle school in Caudill’s honor, and he said he would like to have the Caudill family’s blessing on the exact name for the building, stating “whether it be B. Michael Caudill, Billy Michael Caudill or Mike Caudill, I would like to have their input on that.”
Madison County Board Chairman Betsy Bohannon agreed, and she said “I think it should be up to them (the Caudill family), and it is so appropriate that we honor him this way.”
Madison County Vice Chairman Becky Coyle said “there will never be enough ways to honor his memory, but this will be one thing we can do to show our respect.”
The Madison County Board of Education will hear from architect Tony Thomas of Clotfelter-Samokar Architects concerning plans for the school at their February meeting It is hoped that construction will begin in late spring of this year, and the building will be open to students by the fall of 2009.