Bayville School Principal Arlene Lippincott Retiring

The one-time interim Berkeley superintendent departing district after 31 years


Bayville Elementary School Principal - who served as interim superintendent of the Berkeley Township schools from 2009 to 2011 - has submitted her retirement papers.

Lippincott's retirement request was approved by the Berkeley Board of Education recently and is effective Sept. 1.

, who has been with the district since 1981, took over as interim superintendent in mid-2009. was chosen to step in after the school board at that time refused to extend the contract of then-Superintendent Joseph H. Vicari, and hired Harry Colangelo.

Colangelo's appointment was challenged and he was stripped of the job before he even started. Colangelo was assistant principal of the Berkeley Township Elementary School at the time.

served as interim superintendent until February 2011 for $100 for an additional $100 per day, while continuing to serve as principal at Bayville Elementary School.

She was about to begin negotiations on a three-year contract to become the permanent superintendent when was approached by two board members and asked to return as superintendent. He was then hired a short time later to return as superintendent for one year.

Hearme July 13, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I am glad to see her go. I wish she had never been there to begin with. I don't think she ever had the best interest of the students or the teachers. In my opinion she was in it ,for at least as long as I know her, for her to get to the next pay level and the biggest retirement package she could get. I don't even fault her for that. If someone works hard and signed on knowing that if you wait so many years you get a set amount but a few extra will get you more then you can't fault them for taking advantage of that. My issue with her is that I don't think she earned it! I don't feel she did a good job. I feel she used her position to intimidate people she didn't like even when she was dead wrong, every time she had the opportunity. She did what she had to, to give the illusion she was working but mostly just sat back waiting for that retirement date that was most likely marked on her calendar with a big red heart. If her retirement package was based on performance and accomplishments she would need to be on public assistance.
Peggy Crawford July 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Arleen, Enjoy the moments, each and every one of them. Life is too short and there's so much to do and see. Make the most of it, and hopefully you can look back with a smile or two....
Susan Hummel July 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I'm sure this person must be related to the Ms Lippincott that I had for kindergarden in 1961, Baville Elementary....
Alice Liddell July 18, 2012 at 01:54 AM
You are not only misinformed- you're ignorant! She could have retired years ago- Our political system has driven out another educator that has dedicated her life to the enrichment of others. Ms. Lippincott has been involved in structuring many programs - sitting back and waiting- ARE YOU SERIOUS?
voice of reason July 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM
If she had gotten the superintandant position she would have stayed on a couple of years to get a bigger pension


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