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high senior giving high fives to elementary students

Class of 2018 Senior Walk at Eastfield Global Magnet School

students with race bibs

North Cove Run Club about to race in the Old Fort Super Leader 5k

Students on Wright Flyer Model

WMMS at the Outer Banks

13 Teachers holding flowers

Teachers of the Year

about 40 teachers with awards

Teachers whose students achieved growth in the top 25% in North Carolina.

East McDowell Middle School students at the Outer Banks


Superintendent's Message

Superintendent Mark Garrett Behind Desk
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 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 2017-18.  State accountability results are up. On-time graduation rates are at record highs.  Dropouts are decreasing. Students are earning both academic and industry 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 2018-19.
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

Teachers Attend Advanced Training at NCCAT

group shot of teachers at NCCAT

Feb. 4-7 Twenty-eight teacher leaders from across all 14 McDowell County Schools participated in advanced training at NCCAT, Cullowhee. With sessions ranging from data use to improv, participants chose workshops that matched their own personal and professional goals. The culminating activity was a presentation of a wide variety of Passion Project Proposals designed by the teachers to solve real needs in the community and will be carried out over the next five months at their schools.

We Need School Bus Drivers!

McDowell County Schools is accepting applications for school bus drivers, with starting pay at $14.28 per hour. Bus driving experience is not necessary, as we have an upcoming training class on March 6, 7, and 8. Anyone interested should apply no later than March 1st at our Transportation Department, located at 7 Reid Street. Please call 828-652-7610 for more information.

Free Weekend Meals from the Corpening YMCA

Free Weekend Meals!
Every Saturday
11 am —1 pm
Corpening Memorial YMCA

Join the YMCA for healthy food and
fun activities:
arts and crafts
book club
and rock climbing!

Free for anyone under 18.
Y membership not required to participate.
For more information on accessing food and/or volunteering with the program visit:

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McDowell County Board of Education Meeting
Date: 3/11/2019, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: 334 S Main Street, Marion NC 28752
No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/25/2019
No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/26/2019
No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/27/2019
No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/28/2019