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New LT Principal to Bring High Expectations, Stay Visible

Waterman is leaving Hinsdale South this summer after six years as its principal.

Brian Waterman (Photo courtesy of Lyons Township High School)
Brian Waterman (Photo courtesy of Lyons Township High School)

Brian Waterman said he’ll approach being Lyons Township High School’s principal the same way he’s approached being Hinsdale South’s principal.

“High expectations for staff and students and remain visible and engaged in the overall community—I think those are the two things that I’ve tried to do here at South and hope to do the same things at LT,” Waterman said.

After finishing his sixth year as Hinsdale South’s principal, overseeing the education of students from Darien, Burr Ridge and Willowbrook, Waterman on July 1 will become LT’s new principal, taking over for the departing David Franson, who has led the school for the last 10 years.

Waterman, 39, said the LT job was the only one he was interested in and the only one he applied to last year, despite the fact that he has no prior connection to the school beyond it being in the same West Suburban Conference as Hinsdale South.

“I’m just looking forward to getting to know the LT community so when July 1 hits I’ll be ready to hit the ground running,” he said.

While he’s excited and humbled to have been selected as LT’s next principal, Waterman admits he’ll miss Hinsdale South.

“It’s very bittersweet,” he said of leaving his first principal position. “This is a wonderful community. There are so many strengths about it and so many things I will miss.”

Hinsdale South is a “world-class comprehensive suburban high school,” Waterman said.

“LT is definitely in that same category.”

Waterman is one of numerous administrators who have departed Hinsdale Township High School District 86 over the last year. Hinsdale Central principal Mike McGrory left at the end of the 2012-13 school year along with the district’s business manager and director of human resources, and Superintendent Nicholas Wahl left suddenly in August just two weeks before the 2013-14 school year began.

The District 86 Board of Education had major turnover after the April 2013 election, when two of three incumbents lost and a slate of three challengers known as Friends for District 86 took three seats. 

Those new board members have since become part of a majority block that halted and modified summer 2013 projects approved by the previous board, and approved a controversial flat tax levy in December for Fiscal Year 2015.

Waterman said his departure, however, has nothing to do with District 86.

“This is 100 percent about Lyons Township,” he said. “I looked at it as a great professional challenge.”

Waterman lives in Downers Grove with his wife Julie and their three sons, ages 10, 8 and 6. He grew up in Taylorville, IL.

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