‘Teacher village’ Part of McDowell School Rescue
A “teacher village’‘ is in the works in McDowell County as part of a five-year project to rescue the county’s schools.
Reconnecting McDowell plans to convert a five-story building in Welch into housing for teachers. Amenities will include TV lounges, exercise rooms, a restaurant and group work areas.
Bob Brown with Reconnecting McDowell discussed the project with the state Board of Education last week.
Brown says the “teachers village’‘ will give young educators another housing option. It also could be used as a tool to recruit teachers in the future.
Welch Mayor Reba Honaker says the project also could help revitalize the city.
McDowell County’s school system has been under state control since 2001.