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Hattiesburg High Embraces Changes

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Pine Belt kids are back to school, but one particular school faces several changes.

Hattiesburg High School is bouncing back from February's tornado.

Big changes have taken place, however, and students and faculty say they are embracing them.  The school schedule is changing for the first time in about 40 years with school starting at 8:30 and ending at 4. And Jermaine Brown is the new HHS principal.

Brown is no stranger to Hattiesburg Public Schools.

The 1991 HHS graduate previously served as the assistant athletic director before moving to Meridian in 2005.

"I didn't think it would take me eight years, but I am back home and glad to be here," Brown said. 

Teachers said they are happy to have him.

"Most people are comfortable with him being here," polymer science teacher James Barlow said.  "He's a Hattiesburg native and he's come aboard with both feet on the ground running."

Students like 11th grader Darryell Glenn Agree.

"My first day went really well. I like the principal we have," Glenn said.  "I like the way the staff is going. I love everything. It's just going real good."

A big academic change is coming in the science department.  Brownlow explained that polymers is a tested course, and this year the kids will do a base-line test in the early fall on top of the regular test in the spring.

"So the challenge is between those two testing dates to make sure that we're doing as much as we can to get the kids as comfortable with the testing process and with the testing material as is possible," Brownlow said.

He said the changes at the school are big, but kids are excited about them.

Brown said the time-change seems successful because students made it on time and there were no hiccups with buses...

He says he had a good experience at HHS and wants current students to have the same.

"I'm looking forward to establishing relationships with students," Brown said. "Our goal at the high school is to graduate kids, but first and foremost that's our goal. But the second thing, we're going to extend that and when they leave here, we want them to be college and career ready."

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