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On Monday night, Alison Garrett, 2019 Mr. MHS winner Brad Metcalf, DECA and Student Council leaders met with the McDowell County Board of Education about the Mr. MHS pageant and its success this past year. The Mr. MHS pageant for the past six years has raised $60,000 to go toward families in the community who are in need. 2019’s Mr. MHS pageant total makes up a third of the $60,000. 

At their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, the McDowell County Board of Education approved calendars for the 2020-2021 school year.

In the past, the board had approved calendars for two years.

“The calendar committee met a couple times this fall and asked not to do a two-year calendar,” said Superintendent Mark Garrett. “They really want to see what the state is doing with the calendar law and are really interested in the 13 or 14 school districts that decided they were going to go ahead and start in early August based on the Read-to-Achieve mandate that we are now under.”

The new calendar for most schools, with the exception of Eastfield Global Magnet School, McDowell Early College and McDowell Academy for Innovation, will have students going back to school Aug. 24, 2020. It includes a two-week break for Christmas starting Dec. 21 and ending Jan. 1, 2021 and the spring school semester will end on June 10, 2021.

In other business:

» Nicole Robinson, agriculture teacher and middle school FFA advisor, along with her Middle School FFA Council, presented the Middle School Agriculture Program as the curriculum feature.

» The board received a report from Alison Garrett, DECA leaders and McDowell High Student Council about the Mr. MHS Pageant and their success this past year.

» In unfinished business, Garrett gave an update of the Old Fort project and the progress they are making.

» Garrett, Sheriff Ricky Buchanan, and Lt. Rusty Jenkins spoke on safety grants that were received and how they will be put to use in schools. They will help provide a resource officer at 12 of the 14 campuses.

» The board approved the consent agenda.

» Garrett read his administrative reports.

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