In partnership with the Nevada Department of Public Safety, the SafeVoice program provides students a safe place to submit tips concerning their own safety or that of others. A fully trained professional team of experts responds in an appropriate manner 24/7/365. Tips always stay anonymous. The SafeVoice reporting system can be accessed by clicking on this link: or calling 833-216-SAFE. District SafeVoice Coordinator is Linda Kile.


23 days ago

Esmeralda County School District

James D. Fossett, Superintendent, EsCSD

Physical Address
Goldfield:  5th & Ramsey, Goldfield, NV 89013
Dyer:  MM 11 Hwy 264, Dyer, Nevada 89010
Mailing:  P.O. Box 129
Dyer, Nevada 89010
Goldfield Office 775-485-6382

Goldfield Office Fax 775-485-3511
Dyer Office 775-572-3250
Dyer Office Fax 775-572-3310

Dr. M. Neil Terhune

*A translated copy of this document will be made available upon request by calling 775-572-3250. 

* Una copia traducida de este documento estará disponible a pedido llamando al 775-572-3250.

Superintendent’s Board Report for March 2023   

James D. Fossett

General Comments:  

As we wrapped up February and started March, Esmeralda County and the Sierra Nevada range in general, was hit with a drought breaking storm that closed Dyer School for several days.  District and instructional staff did a great job of communicating and keeping everyone informed about the closures and other changes brought about by the extreme conditions.  

Important Dates:

End of 3rd Grading Quarter March 9th     - End of the 3rd Quarter

School Board Meeting March 14th   - Tuesday, Dyer

Parent/Teacher Conferences March 16th   - Minimum Day (12:30 dismissal)

Saint Patrick’s Day March 17th   - Friday


Teachers had their last PD day for the 2022-2023 school year and met with our RPDP Instructional Coaches in preparation for both the SBAC assessments and to collaborate about our 4th quarter shift in instruction to more project based learning and hands-on instructional practices to liven up our last quarter of the year.  We have received the resignations of Veronica Hooten, Josh Abbott, and Amy Dizmang.  We are also cutting the position held by Scott Hawkins that has included custodial work, secretary days, and classroom support, due to reduced numbers in Goldfield School.  All four of these educators have served with distinction and dedication and we thank them for their years of service.

PLC/Safety Committee:  

In coordination with the sheriff’s department a district-wide lockdown/lockout drill was held in an impromptu setting that tested our district communications skills and our county wide collaboration and communications skills.  In the debrief we felt like these experiences are making us safer and helping us learn more about how to respond in case of an actual emergency. 

District Facilities and Bus Update:  

Our new snow blower in Goldfield was purchased just in time for the storm of the decade and performed well.  Even better, our facilities staff and other staff across the district pitched in to clear schools, lots, and even roads.  We had no leaks we could identify and suffered no damage or loss.  Staff were encouraged to observe our safety first rule and where necessary, travel was canceled or delayed to make certain of the safety of students and staff.


During this legislative session I’ve worked with two other superintendents to give feedback on various bills and attended senate and house education committee sessions to support legislation that will strengthen education and reduce the number of bills passed to add layers of red tape and bureaucracy to Nevada education.  I’ve also worked with a small committee on behalf of Nevada Superintendents to develop the 2023 Superintendent’s Academy to be held in June.  Favorite of all my responsibilities has been the time in classrooms, cafeterias, and playgrounds with students.  We have a great group of students and teachers in EsCSD!  

Notice of Nondiscrimination


Esmeralda County School District (“District”) does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activities operated by the District. The District is prohibited from such discrimination by Title IX, and the prohibition against such discrimination extends to employment.
The District’s Title IX Coordinator(s):

Primary Jasmine Simental, District Coordinator, Esmeralda County School District PO Box 335, Dyer, NV 89010 775-572-3250 Secondary Winifred L. Sanderson, HR, Esmeralda County School District PO Box 129, Dyer, NV 89010 775-572-3250

Inquiries about the application of Title IX to the District may be referred to the District’s Title IX Coordinator, or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202, or both.

Vision, Mission, Belief Statements

VISION STATEMENT 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.

MISSION STATEMENT 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.

Office Schedule

Monday through Thursday, Fridays when school is in session

7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Dyer Office 775-572-3250

Goldfield Office 775-485-6352