BRIDGEPORT – Joseph “Jay” Lipp is having quite a year. The former Navy man who is chair of the science department at Norwalk High School was tapped at a member of the Fairfield Representative Town Meeting in January. Now he has been named principal of one of the new multi-magnet science high schools in Bridgeport.
Lipp will be principal of the Engineering and Aerospace School which is set to open in August with two other sciene-based high schools in a new building going up on Quarry Road on the Bridgeport/Trumbull line. He will make $130,353 in his new job.
Schools Superintendent Paul Vallas said Lipp has a unique background having been a commander in the US Navy who worked on a nuclear submarine. He said a dozen or more candidates from both within and outside the district were considered but that individuals with a strong science background were given the most consideration.
Board members Sauda Baraka and Maria Pereira asked if Lipp had been interviewed by parents. Since the schools have not opened, Vallas said he had not.
Lipp is also lead faculty area chair of natural sciences at the University of Phoenix and a sailing coach at Fairfield Prep. He previously taught physics at Stratford High School.
The principals of the other two schools, one which will focus on computer sciences and the other on biological sciences and zoology, have been selected. They have not yet told their employers, however, so he wouldn’t say who they are.