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

East McDowell Middle School students at the Outer Banks


13 Teachers holding flowers

Teachers of the Year

high senior giving high fives to elementary students

Class of 2018 Senior Walk at Eastfield Global Magnet School

Students on Wright Flyer Model

WMMS at the Outer Banks

about 40 teachers with awards

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

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

2019-2020 MCS Teacher of the Year

The following teachers (in last name alphabetical order) have been chosen as school winners by their respective faculties:

MaryAnn Basney, East Middle
John Beck, Pleasant Gardens
Alicia Burnette, West Middle
Laccarna Carson, MEC
Renata Crawley, West Marion
Tammy Dayton, Nebo
Kayla Fortenberry, Eastfield
Melanie Hamilton, Marion
Andrea Hardy, MAI
Heather Martin, MHS
Kylie McKinney, North Cove
Stephanie Mull, Glenwood
Leesha White, Old Fort
Susan Yergler, FCS

Congratulations to all!

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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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
No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/29/2019
McDowell County Board of Education Meeting
Date: 4/8/2019, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: 334 S Main Street, Marion NC 28752