Principal 'Rewards' Students

Keeping his word meant getting his hair dyed purple and spiked, in front of his approving students.

Burnham made the deal last year as a way to motivate students to improve their scores on state tests.

He says the students came through on their end, so he had to as well.

"This was an incentive that Ms. Harris and I went along with last year," said Burnham. "And she got lucky; she's at another school now. But this is for improvement in test scores. This was incentive to make the students work extra hard. Glad to do it."

Burnham said you'd be surprised at what students will do to see something like this.

Newscenter 11 initially reported that Burnham went to Northeast High School, where he had his head shaved so his students who now go there could see. However, Burnham will actually do that Friday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at Northeast High.
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