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McDowell County Schools is in the process of planning for next year’s school calendar, and we need your input. Our goal is to provide students with the best possible schedules that will allow them to pursue academic and extra curricular excellence. For many years there have been informal discussions about the possibility of an alternative calendar for all schools. While a normal year round schedule would not work well for all schools, we have developed a draft for a modified calendar that we are calling a seasonal calendar.
At the February meeting the Board approved the traditional calendars for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board also asked Mr. Garrett to 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
Below you will find draft versions of the Traditional Calendar, Eastfield Global Magnet Calendar, McDowell Early College Calendar, and Seasonal Calendar fro 2019-2019 that allow the opportunity to compare and contrast.  We hope you will take the time to review them all.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.
On February 13, 2017 the McDowell County Schools Board of Education adopted the following calendars for the 2017-2018 school year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many more days of school will students have to attend on the seasonal calendar?
A:  Students attend 0 additional schools days on the seasonal calendar.  To make a seasonal calendar, three weeks are removed from summer break and inserted throughout the year.  
  • Two weeks are inserted in the fall to create a two week fall break.  
  • One week is added to spring break to create a two week spring break.  
  • Christmas break remains two weeks. 
Q: Where can I see the calendar options?
A:  They are also linked in the side bar of this page.
Q: When would the semester end on the seasonal calendar?
A: The first semester would end on December 19th.  All testing would be done before students leave for Christmas break
Q: What evidence is there on school calendars' impact on achievement?
A: Please see the School Calendar Impact on Achievement Report (pdf) published by NCDPI in 2014.
Q: When will the decision will be made?
A: At the February 13, 2017 McDowell County Schools Board of Education Meeting the Board adopted the traditional, MEC, and EGMS calendars for 2017-2018.  Community meetings will be held to discuss the 2018-2019 school calendars in the spring.
Q: What are my options for child care?
A: We have conducted a survey and are currently exploring options with After School Care and other  community options.
Q: Can our calendar match McDowell Technical Community College and start in mid-August?
A: No, current calendar law for a seasonal calendar in K-12 schools requires that there is one student day in each calendar month.
Q: How does the seasonal calendar affect non-certified paychecks?
A: Answer can be found on this Google Doc.
Q: How does the seasonal calendar affect certified paychecks?
A: We are waiting on clarification from DPI


Surveys for staff, students, parents, and community members have closed.  Thank you for your input.