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Superintendent's Message


At the February meeting the Board of Education approved the traditional calendars for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board requested that I schedule and host a calendar discussion meeting for each of the elementary districts. The intent for these meetings is to provide residents from each community with an opportunity to ask questions, share concerns, and learn more about the possibility of a seasonal calendar in future years.  

Those meetings are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, March 14th 6:00 p.m. Nebo Elementary Multi-purpose Room
Monday, March 20th 6:00 p.m. North Cove Elementary Multi-purpose Room
Tuesday, April 18th 6:00 p.m. PG Elementary Multi-purpose Room
Thursday, April 20th 6:00 p.m. West Marion Elementary Gym (PTO night)
Monday, April 24th 6:00 p.m. Eastfield GMS & Marion ES EGMS Auditorium
Monday, May 1st 6:00 p.m. Glenwood Elementary Auditorium
Tuesday, May 2nd 6:00 p.m. Old Fort Elementary Auditorium

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. You will find information about the calendar options:

News & Announcements

Camp Opportunity

McDowell County Schools is partnering with McDowell Technical Community College to offer Camp Opportunity to middle school students June 26-29, 2017. The day camp provides campers with the opportunity to learn about a different career each day through exploration and hands on activities. Sessions will be held at McDowell High School, McDowell Tech/Universal campus and other area locations. Camp will begin each day at McDowell High School and transportation will be offered through an abbreviated bus route.

WHO: Middle grade students (rising 6th through 8th grades) from McDowell County Public Schools
WHEN: June 26-29, 2017 8:30am to 3:00pm
WHERE: McDowell High School, McDowell Technical Community College and other area locations.
COST: FREE! Includes lunch and snacks!
TRANSPORTATION: Camp will begin each day at McDowell High School; transportation offered through an abbreviated bus route. Transportation to the off-site sessions will be provided.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Dr. Beverly Watts, 828-652-0669 or
Mary Finley, 828-460-3011 or

McDowell High School Field Construction

Construction work has begun at McDowell High School to redo the track and the field. We have been getting some aerial shots to view the progress. Click the title to see our YouTube playlist of the videos.

2017 - 2018 Teachers of the Year

We are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 McDowell County Schools Teachers of the Year. The following teachers (in last name alphabetical order) have been chosen as the school winners by their respective faculties:

Jennifer Blake, Pleasant Gardens Elementary School
Stella Brewer, Eastfield Global Magnet School
Freida Burleson, McDowell High School
Andrew Denton, Marion Elementary School
Leslie Hester, Glenwood Elementary School
Hank Hunt, Foothills Community School
Christel Merritt, East McDowell Middle School
Benjamin Moore, West Marion Elementary School
Lori Poteat, West McDowell Middle School
Michael Smith, Alternative Education Center
Jessica Sutton, McDowell Early College
Rhonda Tipper, Old Fort Elementary School
Whitney Vance, North Cove Elementary School
Terra Wyatt, Nebo Elementary School

Congratulations to all!

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No School-Holiday
Date: 5/29/2017
End of 2nd Semester
Date: 6/9/2017
End of 4th 9 Weeks
Date: 6/9/2017
Last Student Day (1/2-day)
Date: 6/9/2017
No School-Teacher Workday
Date: 6/12/2017