Janet Caldwell honored for over 50 years at North Schools

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Janet Caldwell receives a standing ovation for her 55 years of service to the town's schools. Caldwell served in a variety of functions, retiring on Sept. 10. Staff Photo/Max Bowen

By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

In multiple roles and at multiple schools, Janet Caldwell has given 55 years to the town’s education system.

On Sept. 13, Caldwell received a standing ovation and thanks for her service to the community. Friday, Sept. 10, was her last day with the North Attleborough Schools.

Two words—grace and class, that’s you” said School Committee member James McKenna of Caldwell.

Caldwell began her career with the North Attleborough Schools in September 1965 as a part-time clerical aide, earning $6 a week at the Grace Episcopal Church. At that time the church was being used as an extension of Falls Elementary School, due to overcrowding.

In 1968 she was hired as the school secretary at Falls Elementary, providing secretarial services to the Falls, Allen Avenue, and Martin schools. In 1974 she became school secretary at Amvet Boulevard, where she remained until her first retirement in 1987. For the next eight years she continued to work as a substitute teacher in all of the schools. Since 1996, she has been a permanent part-time substitute and worked in the Accounts Payable/Payroll Department in the Woodcock Building.

Superintendent John Antonucci joked that as he was only recently hired to the North Schools, he felt a little unworthy to be speaking of Caldwell’s career. Caldwell was joined by her two children for the ceremony.

I’m thrilled to honor a longtime employee of North Attleborough Schools,” said Antonucci.