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McDowell County Schools will operate on a 3 hour delay for students on 12/13/18

Students, "never send to know for whom the bell tolls; (for tomorrow,) it tolls for thee." This means McDowell County Schools will operate on a 3-hour delay for students on Thursday, December 13. Instructional staff may report on a 2-hour delay with operational staff to report on a regular schedule. This delay will allow daylight for the morning commute, as well as give time for us to have our campuses checked and prepared for the start of school. Please be aware that there are piles of snow and could be icy spots in the parking lots. Be sure to look for any traffic and parking adjustments that may exist until the snow finally goes away.

Please note that the early release day originally scheduled for December 21 will now be a full day in order to replace some of the instructional hours missed during this early season snow event. We are being proactive now in an attempt to avoid having to schedule makeup days in the future.
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MCS Closed for Students on 12/12/2018. Staff may report at 10 AM

Although things have melted nicely and crews have done an outstanding job dealing with the massive amounts of snow, McDowell County Schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, December 12. There are just too many side roads and drives that will cause issues tomorrow, and the forecast low temperatures will freeze many roads back overnight. It will be an optional workday for teachers. Staff may once again report at 10:00 to allow more time to commute safely.
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MCS Closed for Staff and Students on 12/10/2018

McDowell County Schools will be closed for students and staff on Monday, December 10. Our central offices will also be closed. We will see what the coming days bring, but it will take a while to dig out from this large snowfall. This means you will most likely be hearing from me quite a bit over the next few days.

We would love to see your snow photos. Email them to and we will share them out via our social media platforms.

Please be reminded that for the safety of all, local authorities are asking that everyone stay off the roadways to allow DOT, Duke, REA, and all emergency services personnel to respond to this winter storm.

Thank you and have a great Sunday.
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Eastfield Principal Michelle Baker is the 2019 MCS Principal of the Year

Michelle Baker, principal of Eastfield Global Magnet, has been selected by her fellow principals as the 2019 Principal of the Year for McDowell County Schools. Baker was humbled by the news: “I am truly humbled to be selected as Principal of the Year by my colleagues. They have all inspired me and are most deserving of this recognition.”

Baker began her career in education in Charleston County, SC in 1992 as an elementary grades teacher. She spent the next 14 years as an elementary teacher in Beaufort County, SC, Craven County, NC, and Escambia County, Florida. She was named her school’s Teacher of the Year in 1994-95 (Charleston SC), 1999-2000 (Beaufort SC), and 2005-06 (Escambia, FL). During this time she was also certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

In July 2006, Ms. Baker was hired as a 5th Grade teacher at Eastfield Global Magnet School and served in that role until 2011. In October 2011 she was reassigned as an instructional coach for the district and served in that role until 2013. In June 2013, Ms. Baker was promoted to her current position as principal at Eastfield Global Magnet.

Baker earned her BA degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina in May of 1991. She earned a Masters degree in Special Education-Learning Disabilities from the University of Charleston in May of 1995. She completed her Education Specialist degree at Appalachian State in 2013.

Superintendent Mark Garrett had strong words of praise for Baker, stating “Michelle has served the students of McDowell County for 12 of her 26 years as an educator. Her passion for the students and staff of Eastfield is readily evident. Her attention to the success of each student is always clear. We are very proud of her as our representative in this year’s Principal of the Year process.”

Baker stated that there is “not one accomplishment I can take credit for as the principal, everything we do is about the support and unity of our team.” She will compete against 20 other principals in Region 7 for a chance to be the Regional Principal of the Year in December. The eight regional principals of the year will then be considered for the honor of State Principal of the Year later in the spring. Nebo principal Desarae Kirkpatrick was honored as the Principal of the Year for the Northwest Region last spring and will serve in that capacity for the remainder of the school year.
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North Cove Elementary ONLY on 2-hour Delay November 6, 2018

Important announcement for the North Cove Elementary School community. Earlier this evening a major water leak was discovered just outside the school. As a result of the water issue, North Cove Elementary School will be on a two-hour delay for students on Tuesday, November 6. All other schools will operate on a regular schedule.

Maintenance crews have pinpointed the issue and are now in the process of repairing the main water line that supplies the building. Once the repairs are complete, curing time will take several hours before we can run water through the line.

A crew will be on site overnight and throughout the early morning hours to make sure the water is operable and ready for students to be on campus. The delay will allow us time in the morning to make any additional schedule adjustments that might be necessary.

Thank you for your understanding.
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