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The McDowell County School System is located in the foothills of beautiful Western North Carolina, about 30 miles east of Asheville.  McDowell County Schools consist of 13 schools (one high school, one early college, one alternative education center, two middle/junior high schools, eight elementary schools) and two pre-school sites.  The school system has approximately 6,500 students, nearly 1,000 employees, and a $40 million budget.


Substitute Teacher Workshops

Returning Substitute Workshop
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
East Junior High School
Click here for a flyer with more information for RETURNING substitutes

New Substitute Workshop
Thursday, July 14, 2011
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central Office Boardroom
Click here for a flyer with more information for NEW substitutes

County’s 2011-2012 Outstanding Educator of the Year
Coach Laura Binczak of East McDowell Junior High

The McDowell County Public Schools, in cooperation with Wachovia, announced Coach Laura Binczak of East McDowell Junior High as the 2011-2012 recipient of the Ben Craig Award for Outstanding Educators. McDowell County Schools is honored to include Coach Binczak among our wonderful staff of caring and dedicated teachers; our warmest congratulations to Laura for her achievement.

Ms. Binczak, as the 2011-2012 McDowell County Teacher of the Year, received $1000 from Wachovia, to be used for professional advancement, and was presented with a Wachovia Outstanding Educator Apple, a hand worked sculpture by NC artist Gilbert Johnson. In addition to these gifts from Wachovia, Coach Binczak will receive an Apple iPad 2 from McDowell County Schools.


2011-12 Finalists
The Ben Craig Award for Outstanding Educators

Jessica Sutton – McDowell Early College
Laura Binczak – East McDowell Junior High – Winner
Allison Styles – Eastfield Elementary
Melissa Street – Glenwood Elementary
Tammy Washburn – Marion Elementary
Tiffany Stacey – McDowell High
Ashley Carswell – Nebo Elementary
Sarah Torry – North Cove Elementary
Jennifer Carroll – Old Fort Elementary
Stephanie Roland – Pleasant Gardens Elementary
Renata Crawley – West Marion Elementary
Jenny Lanier – West McDowell Junior High

Each TOY nominee receives $200 from McDowell County Schools to be used for professional advancement and the benefit of their school program. Nominees will also receive a $20 gift certificate from Countryside BBQ.

Congratulations to all the teachers nominated as McDowell County School teachers of the year and congratulations again to Coach Laura Binczak for being selected as McDowell County Schools Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2010-2011.

Please click here to see a video presentation on all the nominees.

the Fort Campaign

The "Finish the Fort" campaign is underway. If you would like historical background information on Davidson's Fort you can go to the following website: Check out Davidson's Fort on the right side of the website.

The following is a Memo from Dr. Trollinger:

We are very fortunate to have some really wonderful historical places in our county. Places such as the Gateway Museum, The Orchard, Carson House, Catawba Falls, Marion Historic Downtown and the Depots in both Old Fort and Marion. We have been contacted by another historic prospect for our help. The men and women behind the building of Davidson's Fort has asked for our help to help build a replica of the fort for the students to enjoy. It reminds me of the time that Governor Terry Sanford asked all the school children to send their dimes to salvage the Battleship USS North Carolina. Today, the principals and I are asking all school children and staff members to help us raise money to buy logs to finish Davidson's Fort. It takes $100 to buy a log; prepare it and get it into place at the fort. Our school campaign will be entitled, "Finish the Fort"  and will take place during the first two weeks of March. Our goal is for each grade at each elementary school to raise enough money to buy a log. Our goal for the two junior high schools and high school is for each grade to raise enough money to purchase three logs for the fort. Early College and AEC can show all of us up by raising the highest per student amount than any other school. Therefore each elementary school will have a goal of seven logs and each secondary school will have a goal of nine logs. This is an ambitious goal but one that I think we can surpass. Schools are encouraged to come up with creative ideas to raise money. Clubs/Grades in the schools can challenge each other. Dances can be held. Collection of loose change can be used to raise money to help meet the goal.Other ideas can be used to reach your goal. If all of the schools reach their goals over eighty logs will be able to be purchased and put into place. I HOPE THAT EACH SCHOOL AND STAFF MEMBER WILL TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE AND HELP US FINISH THE FORT. Good luck and best wishes for a successful campaign. All McDowell County citizens will be proud when we have a replica of a fort that meant so much to the development of our area. Our students and families can visit the fort and enjoy the historical enactments that are done there!

Thanks for all of your help with this campaign.

Dr. T.

2011 Summer Expeditionary Science Trip Opportunities for Students with
Montreat College

The Center for Learning and Investigation in Mountain Backcountry Ecosystems (CLIMBE) is an environmental training and research center for 7th-12th grade students (age 12-18) who have an interest in nature and science. They offer multi-day science-intensive, adventure trips in a variety of unique ecosystems. During the 6-day (overnight) trip, students will explore a particular ecosystem (while backpacking, canoeing, caving, or climbing) and collect important scientific data along the way. Students will also interact with Ph.D. and professional scientists to learn more about field-based science. CLIMBE is a non-profit outreach program-operated by the Outdoor Education Department at Montreat College. For more information visit or email, or call 1-800-349-CAMP.

2010 Annual Yearly Progress report summary for McDowell County

To see a pdf copy of the 2010 AYP results for McDowell County Schools click here. To go to the MCPS Testing and Accountability webpage click here.

The McDowell County School District does not discriminate in its education programs, related activities and employment practices as required by applicable local, state and federal laws.
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