Suburban Principal Holds Up On Offer, Spends Night On School Roof

Nancy Harty
June 01, 2018 - 12:53 pm

Jason Taylor/YouTube


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An Itasca principal is grateful for Friday's cooler weather after spending the night on the school's roof as a reward for students.

Jason Taylor said he made the offer at the beginning of this quarter, telling third, fourth and fifth graders at Franzen school that if they met their learning goals, performed well on assessments such as I-Ready tests and continued to show effort.

The 35-year old went up on the roof on Thursday afternoon and plans to stay there until about 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Taylor is not entirely without creature comforts - he pitched a tent and has wifi in most spots on the roof, allowing him to livestream his experience on YouTube.

That includes reading three bedtime stories to students and their families that came back to school at 8 p.m. Thursday night, using an amplifier.

Now that he's gone to these heights, Taylor isn't sure what motivation he'll use next.

He said "the creativity of an 8- to 10-year-old is unstoppable and if they throw an idea out there, I would be willing to consider it".