New Hattiesburg school addresses dropout rates

Mississippi's high school dropout rate is one of the highest in the nation.

Today, a new school in Hattiesburg will open its doors in hopes of putting a dent in those numbers.

Michael Marks is the principal of Mississippi's first dropout recovery school. With the state's dropout rate close to 30 percent, he believes the new Adept School could be the answer.

"The Adept School will offer several tracks," Marks said. "First of all, we offer a rigorous curriculum. Our students will have to pass the same exit exams regular public school do, but besides from that, we're offering vocational services that means that they will be receiving a national certification for construction, and all of this will be wrapped around the performing arts."

The school's first thirty-five students will have their first classes inside a temporary building on Florence Street in Hattiesburg. The students will soon be moved to a former religious school on Country Club Road once renovations are completed.

Classes for the Adept School officially begins today.