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News & Announcements

Board Approves McDowell Native Edwin Spivey as MHS Principal

Superintendent Mark Garrett is very happy to announce that McDowell native Edwin H. Spivey III will be the next principal of McDowell High School. The Board of Education approved Spivey this evening at its regularly scheduled meeting for July. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to come home to McDowell High School” said Spivey. He added “I know that we can achieve great things for the students of McDowell County.”

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State Board of Education Approves Bus Safety Policy Revisions

In the 2014-15 academic year alone, five North Carolina students were injured by motorists passing stopped school buses. That is one reason why the N.C. State Board of Education has revised its bus safety policy to require a standard hand signal bus drivers will use to tell students when a street is safe to cross. The Board approved the revision at its meeting held via conference call on July 9.

Gouge Appointed Director of Student Services; Search for Next MHS Principal is Underway

McDowell High School will have a new principal for the coming school year. Current MHS principal Natalie Gouge will begin her new assignment as Director of Student Services effective 1 August. In her student services role Gouge will address issues such as guidance services, student health services, psychological services, social work services, homebound services, Section 504, and other student related services. According to Superintendent Mark Garrett, “The student services role has been unfilled in the district for several years, and related duties have been covered by different staff sections.” He added, “We believe we can better serve our students’ needs and enhance their opportunities for success by consolidating these student related services under one director.”

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Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

McDowell County Schools will proudly offer lunch at two locations this summer!

Open to ALL children, 18 and younger.

No enrollment, No Cost

East McDowell Middle School and West Marion Elementary School

Opening Day June 22, 2015

Lunch will be available between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Monday through Friday

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Operation Backpack

Operation Backpack

The 2015-2016 school year is the 17th year that Operation Backpack has provided school supply assistance to students. The project, which relies on donations from the community, outfitted over 600 students during Summer Distribution.

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Board of Education Meeting
Date: 8/17/2015, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
Location: 334 S Main St, Marion, NC 28752, USA
Website Training
Date: 8/21/2015, 10 AM 12:30 PM
Location: Webinar
First Day of School
Date: 8/25/2015
No School-Holiday
Date: 9/7/2015
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 9/21/2015, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
Location: 334 S Main St, Marion, NC 28752, USA