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


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.


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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 December 2023    

James D. Fossett, Superintendent

Important Dates:

NASB Annual Conference Nov. 30th-Dec. 3rd - Thursday through Sunday

MAP Winter Testing  December 4th- 14th - Goldfield and Silver Peak

Dyer Winter Program December 7th - Thursday 6 PM Community Center

School Friday December 8th       - Friday School Day regular hours

School Board Meeting December 12th     - Goldfield 4 PM (Tuesday)

Goldfield/Silver Peak Winter Program December 13th - Wednesday 6 PM Goldfield Gym

End First Semester Dec. 14th    - Thursday

Winter Break Dec. 18th - Jan. 4th -Monday,  Jan. 8th school in session 

General Comments: All of EsCSD gathered for the yearly district Thanksgiving feast. This has been a tradition going back three superintendencies, but this is the first year we’ve held the gathering in Dyer. Much thanks to our food service staff and Tiffany Melendrez especially for pulling off a perfect event! Many moms and dads came out, virtually all district staff, and of course all of the children. 

Teachers/Students: We are going to be working with UNLV to get more teachers, aides, and high school students to participate in college classes that lead to teacher certification and hopefully, increasing stability and quality of instruction for EsCSD.  Click on the link if you want to know more:

PLC/Safety Committee: The district PLC meeting in December served as a valuable platform for collaborative planning and sharing of best practices among educators. Observing Dyer’s impromptu fire drill on the 27th of November, it was clear that staff and students know exactly what to do and how to follow directions in emergency situations. The ability to do those two things are our greatest guarantees for safe schools. Way to go all EsCSD staff and students!!

District Facilities and Bus Update: The school board approved our district transportation director to spend up to $250,000 to secure fleet upgrades for student bussing. The district's aging bus inventory will be liquidated as fleet replacements are obtained. If interested, please contact the district office and watch for announcements on the district website for upcoming bus auctions.

Superintendent/Board: National Association of School Boards (NASB) was attended by the EsCSD school board, district staff, and superintendent on the last days of November and first days of December (Thursday-Sunday). The dedication of our board members and faculty in attending training and collaboration events such as NASB make all the difference in developing a higher level of excellence in how we conduct business and teach the next generation. The new year is around the corner. Keep up the good work! 

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.