“Incredibly Strong Student-Centered Principal”

By Chris Wangler
May 8, 2023

McDevitt Middle School interim principal Scott Lipman has signed a three-year contract to become the school’s permanent principal. He will start on July 1.

Back in August, Waltham schools superintendent Brian Reagan appointed Lipman as interim principal after former principal Michael Sabin got another job.

In a press release, Reagan described Lipman as an “instructional leader with the skills necessary to provide support and guidance to educators as they seek to enhance and improve their practice.” 

To make his hiring decision, Reagan held a faculty forum and surveyed school staff and families.

Those surveyed described the interim principal as “personable, professional, welcoming, accessible and respectful.”

Reagan noted “Lipman’s ability to bring the McDevitt community together, his ability to be firm yet flexible when necessary, his commitment to developing and strengthening relationships and his strong communication skills.”

Scott Lipman has graduate degrees in elementary education and educational leadership.

A Maryland native, he lives in Brookline with his two children and his wife, who works as a medical director at a Boston health care center for the homeless.

Mr. Lipman’s hiring was announced simultaneously with the hiring of Darrell Braggs as Waltham High School principal, who also signed a three-year contract.

Brian Reagan, meanwhile, has accepted a position as the superintendent of Hudson, where he has lived for decades and formerly worked as the high school principal. He starts on July 1.

File and courtesy photos