McDowell County Schools

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Employment Benefits

McDowell County Schools provides an excellent benefits package for its full-time employees, including:

Competitive Teacher Salaries (Please see the North Carolina Public Schools Salary Schedules posted on the website.)

Supplements - McDowell County Schools' teachers receive a 3% local supplement provided by the Board of Education.

Other Benefits Provided by Local Board of Education:
  • Life insurance policy
McDowell County Schools' employees are recognized locally via several honors, including:
  • Wells Fargo Principal of the Year Award
  • Wells Fargo Teacher of the Year Award
  • Beginning Teacher of the Year Award

McDowell County Schools' educators have received many professional honors, including:
  • National Board Certified Teachers
  • National Teacher Hall of Fame
  • North Carolina Teacher of the Year
  • Regional Teachers of the Year and Administrators of the Year
  • Christa McAuliffe Winners
  • Disney Award Winner
  • Milken Award Winner
  • National Geographic Feature Teacher
  • North Carolina Media Coordinator of the Year
  • North Carolina Athletic Coach of the Year
  • Google Certified Innovator
  • YouTube Star Teacher
  • And many more

North Carolina Public School Employee

North Carolina is recognized for its outstanding retirement system. Below are some of the benefits you can expect:
  • Sick Leave
  • Extended Sick Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Voluntary Shared Leave
  • Educational Leave
  • Professional Leave
  • Military Leave
  • Death Benefit
  • Disability Income Coverage
  • Workers’ Compensation Coverage
  • North Carolina Teachers and State Employees Retirement
  • State 401k Plan (supplemental/elective participation)
  • Longevity Pay: Classified employees who have ten years of full-time or part-time (20 hours/week or more) permanent employment are eligible to receive an annual longevity payment.
  • Optional Cafeteria Benefits Plan is available to all state employees. The cafeteria benefits plan allows employees to use tax-free monies through payroll deduction to enroll in one or more of the following options: Flexible Spending Accounts and Medical Reimbursement and Dependent Care Reimbursement; Insurance Policies: Cancer/ICU Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Disability Insurance, Hospital Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance
McDowell County School System is an equal opportunity employer. In compliance with federal law, NC Public Schools administers all state-operated educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.

Human Resources Staff

Brian Oliver
Executive Director of 
(Personnel Director)
(828) 652-4535, ext. 123
Email Mr. Oliver
Nichole Lewis
Licensure/HR Specialist
*Certified Employment*
(828) 652-4535, ext. 103
Email Nichole
Becky Smith
Executive Assistant to 
the Superintendent
*Classified Employment*
(828) 652-4535, ext. 125
Email Becky
Robin Smith
K-12 Substitute Coordinator
*Substitute Employment*
(828) 652-4535, ext. 0
Email Robin