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3 days ago

Esmeralda County School District

M. Neil Terhune Ed. D.
Superintendent, EsCSD

233 Ramsey, P.O. Box 560

Goldfield, Nevada 89013

Goldfield Office 775-485-6382

Dyer Office 775-572-3250

Dr. M. Neil Terhune

Superintendent Board Report March 2020


General Comments:  The morale appears to be picking up. Always a few snags. I am grateful for the “can do” attitude I get from the staff. I am sure that Spring Break will allow us all to regain the perspective that we sometimes lose in our daily labors.  

Teachers/Students: Third quarter ends March 12th, Spring Break March 16th and Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for March 26th.

The monthly District PLC/Safety meeting was conducted on the following agenda items:

1. Board Agenda/Wellness policy

2. Reminder: next year draft personnel structure

3. Safety Issues and reports.

4. Playground Equipment

5. Items from the group (coordinate activities, curriculum, facilities, subs....)


SPE held a Spaghetti Dinner Wednesday March 4th. Well attended by the community and a few of us from GF.

Basketball season is over and once again thanks to the Maurers’ for their efforts in coaching and traveling.

Ted Hartwell an Associate Research Scientist from Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada presented in GF and Dyer for our students. He and his colleague presented on Science Alive Program and Green Boxes programs.  There was quite a range of grade levels that participated.  There were hands-on activities that were appropriate for all age levels to help the kids learn about invisible sources of energy. Thanks to Carl for bringing us together and conducting a radio interview after.

Ms. Ottolino will give a short update on the District Literacy efforts this month at out Board Meeting. Dyer will present next month and GF/SPE in May. The District Counselor has opted out of his monthly update but says he may start up again next year.

Our final MAP Testing and SBAC for the year will occur in April/May.

District Facilities Update.

SPE: Additional gate for the playground has arrived and will be installed next week.

Goldfield:  Regular maintenance checks and repairs.

Dyer: Vehicle gate upgrade to electrical entry is complete

Discussion is occurring on K-2 playground equipment. The plan is to emplace these systems this summer.

Safe and Orderly school environment.  

Safe Rooms are partially finished. Hoping to be complete this weekend and Spring Break.

I am waiting for ACE to bring in the last battery upgrade and for the State Fire Marshall to offer final review. No date yet. The Fire alarms are working OK for drills.

Our schools are conducting their drills on a regular basis. Still lagging on collaborating with First Responders. That is my fault.

Real Estate: As previously reported, there is a small parcel of land that adjoins the new gas station construction in GF. The owner would like to have it. I have a survey company standing by, our Broker committed to providing a “Broker’s Opinion” in lieu of an appraisal (not received it yet), Mike has formally contacted the County for proof of school ownership and I have kept the buyer briefed on our progress. I had hoped that it would not take a lot of time and effort.


You were given the Board Self Eval and Wendy will consolidate for the board meeting when you good people turn them in.

Thank you for your support of the district. 😊

Vision, Mission, Belief Statements
We envision a highly effective district-wide safe and orderly Professional Learning Community that results in a premier school of highly engaged and highly motivated students preparing for High School and 21st Century College, Career and Citizenship responsibilities.

Our mission is to create a safe and orderly environment with a highly effective PK-8 district-wide Professional Learning Community that appropriately delivers NVCCSS to a rural student population that will result in a 100% graduation of eighth grade students adequately prepared for High School responsibilities.

1. WE BELIEVE that all students can learn at high levels.
2. WE BELIEVE that this can best be achieved by becoming and performing as Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). We will be guided by three questions:
a. What is it we want our students to learn?
b. How will we know our students have learned?
c. What will we do when they do not learn?
3. WE BELIEVE in providing a learning environment that fosters citizenship, a high level of health and physical fitness; and one that supports a moral/ethical approach to the challenges of our current society, to college and to career readiness.
4. WE BELIEVE in providing a learning environment that fosters respect for social and individual diversity.
5. WE BELIEVE that “Family and Community Engagement in Public Schools” is critical to student success.