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The Purple Haired Principal

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Moton Elementary was rated a D school in 2016 and 2017. If Moton Elementary had received lower than a C in 2018, this would have triggered changes.

The new principal Brent Gaustad used a novel technique to motivate the students. He allowed them to vote on what they would like him to do if Moton improved their grade to a C. They voted overwhelmingly for Mr. Gaustad to dye his hair purple if the school’s grade improved.

Mr. Gaustad made good on his promise six weeks early, dyeing his hair purple. His original idea was to use spray on color, but the students objected, because they did not consider that to be dyeing his hair. Moton will have a purple haired principal for a while.

Lisa MacNeil
Lisa MacNeil
Lisa MacNeil is a reporter for the Hernando Sun as well as a business technology developer, specializing in website development, content management systems, and data analysis.
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