The employees presented nutrition supervisor Kathy Eaton with a plaque that read “Kathy: The Boss. Just ask her employees.”
Eaton has held the position for the past six years. In the role, she handles paperwork and payroll as well as documentation for the free and reduced lunch program.
Recognition was lighthearted as cafeteria staff wore pins that said “Ask Kathy: She is the boss.”
“She’s a good boss,” cafeteria team member Bobbie Capehart said.
Capehart said the plans began about a month ago.
"We feel very blessed to have her as a boss," cafeteria team member Cindy Cross said.
“We all work together great,” Eaton added.
She said she has enjoyed working with the students and staying at her alma mater. She said she is “black-and-gold, head to toe” as a diehard Bradley fan.
Eaton has worked at the school under five different principals.
“I’ve been blessed with great bosses,” Eaton said.
These recognitions were a total surprise to Eaton.
Eaton has been a familiar face at Bradley Central for decades.
“When the school first opened I was a freshman,” Eaton said.
Getting a job at the school was her first job after graduating at the age of 17.
“I graduated when I was 17, then I moved and I came back and Dale Hughes hired me as a bookkeeper in the cafeteria in ’76,” Eaton said.
After graduation, Eaton had traveled to Indiana with her father planning to work in the private school where he had become principal. On a visit back to her hometown, Eaton dropped in on the school.
“I went to his (Dale hughes) office and I told him I was looking for a job. [I said] maybe I could stay in the area, and he hired me on the spot,” Eaton said. “And I’ve been here ever since.”
In that time, Eaton has also been involved in the school in other ways.
“I was cheerleading coach for about 27 years here,” Eaton said.
Eaton said she never thought she would work at the school for this long.