Meet the Board Members

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All members of the Esmeralda County School District Board of Trustees are in the process of completing a minimum of six hours of professional development as required by NRS Chapter 386 (AB451).  
Trisha Hafer

Carl Brownfield

Board President

Carl Brownfield

J Paul Melendrez

Vice President

William Kirby

William Kirby


J. Paul Melendrez

Marlayna Payne


Fred Hartman

Trinie Johnson


Dr. M. Neil Terhune

James D. Fossett


Mary Ann Horton, District Board / Admin. Support
PO Box 129, Dyer, NV 89013
Office 775-572-3250; Fax 775-572-3310

Winifred L. Sanderson, District Board / Admin. Support
PO Box 129, Dyer, NV 89013
Office 775-572-3250; Fax 775-572-3310

Melinda Melendrez

By Winifred Sanderson


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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, NV 89010
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 129
Dyer, Nevada 89010
Goldfield Office 775-485-6382
Goldfield Fax 775-485-3511
Dyer Office 775-572-3250
Dyer Office Fax 775-572-3310

*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!