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The new policy has echoes of the Reluctant Learner Program - an innovative outreach attempt implemented by current committee member Richard J. Faulkner when he served as principal of the former Cohannet Middle School.
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Dick Faulkner Taunton | Longtime Taunton educator Dick Faulkner passes away at age 70
Longtime Taunton educator Dick Faulkner passes away at age 70
Richard J. Faulkner, a longtime Taunton educator, died Tuesday at his home.
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Whether it was through his
activities in the schools, in city government or at the local Boys and Girls Club
, Richard J. Faulkner
demonstrated a remarkable commitment to children throughout his
entire life, those who knew him said Thursday.
Faulkner, a retired educator who served many years as principal of Cohannet and Friedman middle schools, died at home Tuesday after succumbing to a long illness.
"When I transferred to Cohannet
, the first thing I realized about Dick Faulkner
was that he
knew the name of every kid in the building," she
knew who their aunt was, who their uncle was, who their cousins were."
commitment to the children, she
said, set a perfect example.
After Faulkner retired, he brought the same commitment to children with him when he joined the School Committee, she said.
Faulkner remained active in the community after retiring, serving on the School Committee for six years and the city's Planning Board for more than 14 years.
was also active with the Kiwanis and Elks.
was a fixture at the Taunton Boys and Girls Club
, where he
volunteered for more than 45 years.
Many years ago, he
started the club's floor hockey league.
Cleary remembered being principal of Martin Middle School while Faulkner was at Cohannet.
Another retired superintendent, Gerald Croteau, worked with Faulkner for 21 years and appointed him principal of Cohannet School.
"I thought that Dick Faulkner was an outstanding educator, and with Dick Faulkner it was kids first, last and always," he said.
Croteau described Faulkner
as a "straight forward, sincere, honest individual."
When Cohannet closed in 2001, Faulkner became the first principal of the new Friedman Middle School, from which he later retired.
Martin, a former teacher and assistant superintendent, remembers working with Faulkner for decades in a professional capacity and on the School Committee.
Martin's children also went through Cohannet School when Faulkner was principal.
Former longtime School Committee member Josephine Almeida recalled Faulkner as a good friend with a great sense of humor who always gave sound advice.
John Cabral, Taunton's assistant superintendent for finance and operations, worked with Faulkner at Cohannet and Friedman.
, Cabral recalled, was deeply involved in his school, even outside of normal school hours.
was a friend of mine for years and years," Corr said.
Another School Committee member, Barry Cooperstein, said that Faulkner was the type of person for whom nearly everyone always had glowing praise.
Superintendent Julie Hackett praised ...
Superintendent Julie Hackett praised Josephine Almeida and Richard Faulkner for their lengthy service and advocacy for students who have less.
45 years in education, including six on the school board, in 1965 as a teacher at the old Cohannet School
He later served as principal of the school and at the Friedman Middle School until he retired in 2003.
In his latest retirement, Faulkner, 68, plans to devote more time to his eight grandchildren while continuing his 40-plus years of work at the Boys & Girls Club of Taunton.
"I've been wanting this for years," Faulkner
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