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Superintendent's Message

Superintendent Mark Garrett Behind Desk
MCS Family,
On behalf of the Board of Education and our family of educators, I want to welcome you to McDowell County Schools.  Our district is made up of fourteen schools and is fully accredited.  We also have a Head Start program and several NC Pre-K classrooms to serve community pre-school needs.  This means we have the great pleasure of serving students as young as six weeks of age all the way up to high school seniors.
We are excited about the accomplishments of 2016-17.  State accountability results are up.  On time graduation rates are at record highs.  Drop outs are decreasing.  Students are earning more credentials with many completing internships across the region.  Staff turnover is among the lowest in the state.  Buses safely travel over 750,000 miles each year.  School cafeterias serve more than 1.3 million meals annually.  And these are but a few examples of the successes taking place all across McDowell County Schools.  We look forward to even greater things in 2017-18.
Please take time to explore our website to learn more about us.  I encourage you to check back frequently to keep up with McDowell County Schools news and events.  You can also see great things taking place in our schools by following us on our social media platforms:
Twitter: @mcdowell590
We invite you to partner with us to make McDowell County Schools the absolute best place for education.
Mark R. Garrett

News & Announcements

Regional Wells Fargo Principals of the Year Named Including Desarae Kirkpatrick.

Press release from North Carolina Public Schools

Eight outstanding public school principals have been selected as regional Wells Fargo North Carolina Principals of the Year and will now compete for the state title of 2018 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.

The winner will succeed the 2017 recipient, Jason Griffin, principal of Hertford Grammar in Perquimans County.

The regional principals of the year are:

Northeast: Cathy Michelle White, D.F. Walker Elementary (Edenton-Chowan Public Schools);
Southeast: Tabari Wallace, West Craven High (Craven County Schools);
North Central: Jonathan Enns, Fuquay-Varina High (Wake County Public Schools);
Sandhills: Jim Butler, Richmond Senior High (Richmond County Schools);
Piedmont-Triad: Tracy Kimmer, Yadkin Early College (Yadkin County Schools);
Southwest: Titus Hopper, Cleveland Early College (Cleveland County Schools);
Northwest: Desarae Kirkpatrick, Nebo Elementary (McDowell County Schools) and
Western: Melissa Godfrey, Andrews Elementary (Cherokee County Schools).
Regional winners will each receive $1,000 for personal use and $1,000 for their schools.

A state selection committee will now review the portfolios of the eight regional winners and conduct an extensive interview process before selecting the 2018 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. The winner will be announced May 11 at a celebration luncheon in Cary.

This is the 35th year the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has partnered with The Wells Fargo Foundation to recognize the state’s outstanding principals. Since 1984, when the program began, 38 Principals of the Year and 248 regional recipients have been recognized. In addition, The Wells Fargo Foundation has provided more than $1 million in cash awards during that time to these school leaders.

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Board of Education Meeting
Date: 3/12/2018, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: 334 S Main St, Marion, NC 28752, USA
No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/26/2018
No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/27/2018
No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/28/2018
No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/29/2018