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We are without doubt the smallest school district in Nevada and yet we are blessed with over 3,570 square miles of mountainous high-desert landscape. With only eighty elementary students in three locations, we offer a personal touch to education unmatched in the lower “forty-eight” states. Even though we live in a remote area, few schools in the Nation can equal Esmeralda’s use of classroom technology.

Take a moment to travel through our website and get a flavor of what we have to offer our young people. Esmeralda County School District truly is “Where Education Meets the Frontier”.

Mr. Rodriguez F. Broadnax, Superintendent

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Superintendent Broadnax's Resignation - Accepts Position in Central Plains of U.S.

by Rodriguez Broadnax on 04/26/17

From: Rodriguez F. Broadnax, Ed.S.
          Superintendent of Schools

Attention: Esmeralda CSD Board of Education

Cc: Wendy Sanderson, Business Manager – HR Representative
       Anabel Guerrero, Financial Manager

RE: Official Notice (Superintendent’s Resignation)

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dear Esmeralda CSD,

It is with much prayer, consideration and consulting with my family I tender my official resignation from my position as superintendent of schools with the Esmeralda County School District, Goldfield, Nevada; effective, June 20, 2017 as I have been hired and contracted as superintendent of schools and finalist to serve as an Adjunct Professor at a University in another state.

I would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the Esmeralda CSD Board of Education for providing me with the opportunity to serve as the district’s leader over the past two years. I have gained an immense amount of experience that will continue to propel me to continue to be student focused, results driven and a successful educational leader throughout this nation.

Finally, as I close my tenure with this district and open a new chapter as the leader of another stellar school district, please remember this work is about kids. This work is not about hidden agendas, getting your way, selfish egos or gaining power. I implore you to have a steadfast commitment to education and serve the district with a student-centered focus.  “Students must come First.” I wish the District the very best as it moves forward to select the next leader.

I would also like to thank the students, parents, staff and community for allowing my family and I to be part of your lives. Again, thank you for the memories, which will forever be with the Broadnax Family and I.

~ ECSD Mustang Pride – 2015 – 2017 

Letter from Superintendent Broadnax

by Rodriguez Broadnax on 04/09/17

April 9, 2017

Good Evening Team,

I trust you have had a relaxing and enjoyable weekend and ready to go hard one more week before Spring Break. This is your last week before a much deserved and much needed break.

I would like to thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the students of Esmeralda County School District. You are simply the best! The district has had its challenges this year but we have overcome them through hard work and perseverance. As we are coming down to the close of the year, I ask you to continue to stay focused on our most prized possessions, which are our students. We are close to completing our state assessments for the 2016 -2017 school year and only have one more session of MAPS Testing, which will be held the first week of May. I thank you for a great administration of testing.

This letter is also a friendly reminder of the upcoming events for the district. You will find those events below:

·       Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – Esmeralda CSD School Board Meeting @ Dyer Elementary School @ 6PM

·       Friday, April 14, 2017 – District Academic Award Event @ Dyer Elementary School – 9:30 AM – 3:00PM (Please be sure to send out a flyer and invitation from your building early in the week)

·       Monday, April 17 – April 21, 2017 – Spring Break

·       Monday, April 24, 2017 – Students Return From Spring Break

·       May 1 – May 5, 2017 – MAPS Testing (District Wide)

Finally, classified and support staff evaluations and post conferences will take place by the end of April, while teacher summative evaluation post conferences will be held during the second week of May.  Teachers don’t forget to submit your peer observations by April 27, 2017. Also, don’t forget to vote online for Teacher and Classified Employee of the Year and School Board Member of the Year via front page of the district’s website ( I look forward to meeting with each one of you as we close the school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

As always, thank you for all you do!

All the Best,

Rodriguez F. Broadnax, Ed. S.
Superintendent of Schools

Cc: Esmeralda CSD Board of Education

Early Dismissal due to Inclement Weather

by Rodriguez Broadnax on 01/20/17


Due to inclement weather, Goldfield Elementary School will dismiss students at 12:36 PM today January 20, 2017. As 12:36 is considered a half-day, there will not be a need to make up the day. Student and staff safety is a top priority of our district. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the District office at 775-485-6382.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!!!!

All the Best,
Rodriguez F. Broadnax, Ed.S.
Superintendent of Schools

Modifications to the Cell Phone/Dress Code Policies

by Rodriguez Broadnax on 11/26/16

From: Rodriguez F. Broadnax, Ed.S.
             Office of the Superintendent

Attention: Esmeralda CSD Stakeholders

Cc: Esmeralda CSD Board of Education

RE: Cell Phone and Dress Code Policy Changes


Date: Monday, November 28, 2016



Dear Esmeralda CSD Stakeholders,

This letter is sent with a high degree of importance. Due to some concerns brought to the attention of the administration, the Esmeralda CSD Board of Education has modified the Cell Phone and Dress Code Policies at their Fall workshop to clarify the content and expectations of the said policies.

As of today, November 28, 2016, the district will strictly enforce the cell phone/electronic device policy with specific discipline infractions when a student violates the policy as read below:

Cell phones may not be used during the school day. If a student brings a cell phone to school, they are to be turned in to the teacher at the beginning of school. Cell phones are not to be used while school is in session unless the teacher gives permission.  Cell phones may be picked up at the end of the school day. The District strongly recommends that students refrain from bringing cell phones to school.  Esmeralda County School District is not responsible for loss of or damage to cell phones brought to school by students.


All electronic devices including radios, CD players, cell phones, Ipods, MP3 players, etc. must be turned in to the teacher at the beginning of the school day.


Consequences for cell phone and electronic devices misuse:

1. 1st violation- the phone or electronic device will be taken up for the rest of the day. The student will receive the electronic device at the end of the day. A disciplinary note will be sent to the parent/guardian to inform them of the student’s violation of the electronic device policy.


2. 2nd violation- the phone or electronic device will be taken up and the parent/guardian will have to come to school to pick up the phone or electronic device. A disciplinary note will be sent to inform the parent/guardian of a 2nd violation of the cell phone and electronic device policy.


3. 3rd violation- the phone or electronic device will be taken up and the parent/guardian will have to come to school to pick up the phone or electronic device. The student will not be allowed to bring a cell phone or electronic device to school for thirty (30) days. A discipline note will be sent to inform the parent/guardian of a 3rd violation of the cell phone and electronic device policy. The student will be suspended out of school for two (2) days.


4. 4th violation- the phone or electronic device will be taken up and the parent/guardian will have to come to school to pick up the phone or electronic device. The student will not be allowed to bring a cell phone or electronic device to school for the remainder of the school year. A disciplinary note will be sent to inform the parent/guardian of a 4th violation of the cell phone and electronic device policy. The student will be suspended out of school for four (4) days.


5. After 4th violation, student will be disciplined by the student handbook progressive discipline plan, which may result in further suspensions and possible expulsion.


No device or equipment connected to the school district’s wide-area network, or to local-area networks connected to the wide-area network, may be used to connect to the Internet or to any other public or commercial network without prior authorization from the Superintendent and/or Academic School Officer.


The second policy the Board of Education asked the administration to enforce with strict oversight by teachers and staff is the Dress Code. Please ensure your students come to school properly dressed each day as stated in the policy below. The administration has also provided some examples of unacceptable dress.



Students are expected to be ladies and gentlemen in school and should dress accordingly. For the most part, the responsibility for appearance of the students of the Esmeralda County School District rests with the parent/guardians and the students themselves.  Dress or excessive make-up that disrupts the educational process, or is offensive to staff members or other students, will not be permitted.  Clothing that impairs participation in classroom activities or is not in keeping with good health standards will not be permitted.  The Superintendent, Academic School Officer, teacher, or other staff members, have the authority to determine if a student is dressed appropriately for school attendance. 


The following are typical examples of unacceptable dress.  Other unacceptable dress scenarios, not listed, may also be defined as such.


The following will be enforced each day.

1.     Clothing must be in good repair (absent of holes and tears). Student will have to call the parent/guardian to inform them to bring the student appropriate clothing. Student will have to wear school furnished clothing until proper clothing is brought to school.

2.     Footwear, which provides for foot safety or sanitary protection, must be worn at all times.

3.     Good hygiene is a must.  Students are expected to be clean and without body or clothing odor that is offensive and disruptive to others. 

4.     Jewelry and other accessories that may present a safety hazard or danger to the welfare of self or others shall not be worn.

5.     Clothing that does not cover undergarments will not be worn.

6.     Tight fitting clothing, such as but not limited to, spandex, biking shorts, or halter-tops, are prohibited. 

7.     Prohibit wearing crop tops, belly shirts (no skin showing between bottom of shirt/blouse and top of pants or skirts), strapless, low-cut clothing, halter tops, clothing with slits, or tops and outfits that provide minimum coverage.


8.     No spaghetti straps permitted; all sleeveless shirts must have straps at least three inches wide and cover the shoulder, tank tops permitted as a part of athletic practices, events, and/or physical education classes.  This applies to boys and girls.

9.     No pajamas, house slippers, or thong shoes.

10.  No excessive make-up, eye shadow, or lipstick.

11.  Clothing that has printing or pictures that are derogatory or offensive in nature are not appropriate for the school setting and will not be allowed.  No spiked or studded clothing. This includes, but not limited to, clothing or accessories displaying or making reference to tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs.

12.  Clothing that displays material of an obscene, profane, discriminatory, sexual or disrespectful nature is barred from the school.

13.  Short shorts, cut-offs, short skirts, half-skirts, see-through articles of clothing (i.e. mesh shirts), etc. will not be allowed in school. Athletic uniforms may be an exception.  The “rule of thumb” is that the student’s fingertips must reach the bottom edge of the garment while the student is standing straight with his/her arms held straight at his/her sides.   Hands, arms, and fingers, must be straight for this determination. Students wearing such apparel will be asked to change.  The Superintendent, Academic School Officer, classroom teacher or other staff members may determine the appropriateness of dress.

14.  Wearing hats, caps, or hoodies of any type or dark non-prescription dark glasses will not be permitted in the building.  Students will be asked to remove their hats or caps or dark glasses when worn in the building.  Repeated offenses will result in loss of the hat, cap or glasses for a period of time to be determined by the teacher, Academic School Officer, or Superintendent.

15.  All pants must be worn at the waistline.  Underwear may not be exposed above the waistline of pants, shorts, etc.

16.  All students shall follow School District dress codes while participating in after school and any other school functioned activity, such as, practices, parties, extra school curricular activities.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 775-485-6382.

November 2016 Superintendent's Update

by Rodriguez Broadnax on 11/14/16

Good Evening Team,

I hope your week is off to a great start. This email is sent as a short update from the Office of the Superintendent.

I would like to thank those of you who attended our second Teacher/Staff Retreat held this past weekend in Carson City. I would also like to thank all of our teachers whom presented great instructional strategies and ideas to the staff. You did a great job and I am very proud to be part of this team. Keep up the great work! I thank you for your attention, collaboration and participation with our guest speakers. They really enjoyed you.

As a reminder, I will be out of the office for the next couple of days and return for most of the day on Wednesday. We will be having the Cabinet Meeting Wednesday afternoon in Dyer. If there is an item you would like placed on the agenda and discussed by the Administrative Cabinet, please email me by 12 Noon Tuesday, November 15, 2016, as I will be working on the agenda thereafter. After the Cabinet Meeting, I will be departing with the School Board to Reno to attend the Nevada Association of School Board Conference the reminder of the week. As usual, Mr. Scates will be in charge of the district. If there is something that comes up, please see or call him and he will notify me.

The November School Board Meeting time, date and location has changed. The prior date was November 8, 2016 at 6PM in Dyer; however, the meeting will be held in Goldfield at the Annex Building on November 22, 2016 @ 3PM due to the District’s Thanksgiving Luncheon being held in the Goldfield Gymnasium at 12:10PM. 

Finally, it is with a heavy heart and sadness that I announce the passing of our District Secretary Melinda Melendrez’s father, Mr. Rich. He was a great man and a huge advocate for our school district. He will truly be missed but never forgotten. Please keep Melinda, her mother Joan, Paul and the rest of the family in your thoughts and prayers. Once funeral arrangements are made, I will announce them to the staff.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

As always, thank you for all you do!

Have a safe and restful evening!


All the Best,
Rodriguez F. Broadnax, Ed.S.
Superintendent of Schools