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Hello and welcome to the new website for McDowell County Schools.  The goal for our new site was to simplify things.  Most Navigation and links will be found at the top of the site.  As we are rebuilding the entire site we know bugs will appear.

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Made in McDowell

The Made in McDowell Video highlights local folks sharing their stories about how they got started in manufacturing, the industry in which they work and the career opportunities that are available in McDowell County. 8th graders share their thoughts and insights to questions related to manufacturing, career opportunities, their interests and their future in McDowell County.

Meet Mr. Moore

A look into North Cove Elementary's Custodial Leader, Mr. Moore. Click the title to see the video.

Operation Backpack

Operation Backpack started off our 18th year by providing 790 students with school supplies this summer. This assistance was only possible because of our giving and caring community!

During the school year, please let your school Principal or Counselor know when a student is need of supplies. We will provide the assistance as long as supplies are available throughout the year.

Supplies and monetary donations are very much appreciated to support our year round program!. Monetary donations may be written to The Endowment Fund, marked for Operation Backpack, and mailed or brought to McDowell County Schools, 334 South Main Street, PO Box 130, Marion, NC 28752. Supply donations may be brought to this same location.

Originally organized in 1998 and administrated by the Endowment Fund of the Public Schools of McDowell County, the goal of Operation Backpack is to provide all underprivileged children in McDowell County Public Schools with a new backpack and school supplies. Through the gracious giving of our community and others, school supply assistance has been provided directly to over 600 McDowell County School students each year. It is our wish that no child returns to school without the necessary supplies. Although the majority of the supplies are distributed during the a few weeks prior to school starting, Operation Backpack is a year-round project and will supply students all year when needs arise. Supplies that are given to students include, but are not limited to; Backpacks, 3 ring binders, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, erasers, ballpoint pens, pencils: #2 & colored, 24 count crayons, glue: bottles & sticks, safety scissors, markers, and pencil boxes/pouches.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Melanie Dunham at 828-652-4535 x106 or

Summer school assistance to students by year:
2013 623
2014 646
2015 740
2016 790

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Board of Education Meeting
Date: 10/10/2016, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: 334 S Main St, Marion, NC 28752, USA
Trunk or Treat (Free)
Date: 10/27/2016, 4 PM 7 PM
Location: McDowell High School
End of 1st 9 Weeks
Date: 10/31/2016
No School-Teacher Workday
Date: 11/8/2016
No School-Holiday
Date: 11/11/2016