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McDowell County Schools Board of Education (BOE) will meet Monday night to discuss unfinished business with the Old Fort project, among other agenda items.

Superintendent Mark Garrett will give an update on the construction at Old Fort Elementary set to start this week.

The board will vote on the contract for construction with BEAM Construction Company, of Cherryville, for the project. In December’s meeting, the board approved BEAM as the lowest bidder coming in at a little over $18 million to build the new Old Fort school. McDowell County Schools received a $15 million Needs Based Grant in 2018 with a $5 million match from the county to fund the project.

The school board meeting is Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the Central Office. For more information, call 652-4535 or visit www.mcdowell.k12.nc.us.

In other business:

-The board will continue discussing the need for West Marion representation on the BOE at Monday night’s meeting. At December’s meeting, Vice Chair Terry English brought up the need for a West Marion seat to cover that area of the large, rural district. English also suggested not implementing the seat until the 2020 election. He encouraged the public to share their opinion on the matter.

-In new business, Head Start Director Karen Dulaney will present policies and procedures and selection criteria. Susan Westall, director of teacher support, will present a beginning teacher support plan. Foothills Community School Director Melanie Shaver will discuss the 2018-2019 N.C. STEM designation. Board members will give their reports.

-Special recognitions set for Monday are for Zoe Zullo, Nebo fourth-grader who was the Rep. Mark Meadows Christmas Ornament contest winner, and Eastfield’s principal Michelle Baker for being named the regional Principal of the Year. The board will receive their N.C. School Board Association boardsmanship certificates.

-The curriculum feature will be from students at McDowell Academy of Innovation on their Passion Projects.

-Teacher of the Year Angela Autry will give her monthly report.

-After all business is discussed, the board will go into closed session for personnel considerations.

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