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Dr. M. Neil Terhune, Superintendent

27 days ago

Esmeralda County School District

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 May 2019

General Comments:  Another year has ended. I am characterizing it as busy and moderately successful on all fronts.  The district experienced more parental concerns this year on both sides of the district than the previous, but I believe that all but one ended positively. Thank you to all who participated in our Music and Graduation nights at each site. It may not seem like it at times, but board presence is valued. When you are there, I think the staff feel more secure in the knowledge that  the superintendent and board are working together on their behalf.


Annual Literacy nights night were well attended.

The Smarter Balance Assessment and Spring MAP Final Assessment are complete.

A shout out to our local GF Masonic Lodge who offered up seven Bikes this year in support of the “Books for Bikes” program. 😊

Graduations were all well planned, well attended and inspiring.

Maryjane Dorofachuk, Nevada Arts Council, Las Vegas NV presented at our schools this week and the annual Bishop Pool party was held midst breezy and cool weather.

The 8th Grade Trip to Valencia, Ca. was a success as well.

Teacher evals are 90% complete and I hope to have signatures by COB Friday. Support Staff soon thereafter.

The NDE and some legislators have some issues with applications for Virtual services that extend to students beyond District Boundaries. SB 441 is the latest attempt to restrict some of the options that have been available through a K12 Virtual Delivery. I have not heard a final response to our app. It would not require more EsCSD resources. It will not make it to this next Board Agenda.

Our enrollment is still stable. It may be bit lower next year but who knows for sure. We are using 75 for planning and budget.

District Facilities Update.

SPE Phase three:  Bathroom and heating are up and running in the Library building. Building skirting, interior painting, door replacement and steps are among the maintenance items yet to do. SPE has three roofs to be covered this summer.

Goldfield Phase III: The old board room is finished and looks great.

Doug and Monahan are working to put some “French Drainage” or tile along the current board room West wall.

The gym, bus barn and one classroom building need roofs this summer. Exterior/interior painting for classrooms and housing also.

Dyer: Doug and Brian are prepping the Dyer site for a 6” concrete pour. We are held up waiting on Valley Electric to move the underground power lines that are buried there.

The Stem Lab is mostly complete. It needs lab benches. There has been some preliminary discussion of moving the admin office to John’s room and then converting the current Central Office to classrooms. This would place Central Office in closer proximity to the pedestrian gate at the entrance offering better control of visitors.

Fencing is complete.

There are three roofs that need covering.

Note: We are hiring temporary help this June to do our roofing for us. This will allow our regular maintenance folks to stay on their priorities.

Safe and Orderly school environment.  Jeff Kaye’s office offered an updated safety assessment to our sites. We can review the results at our next Safety Committee meeting.  He also sent us overlay updates that are very professional and accurate. Thanks to his office again.

The camera locations have been finalized by each site. We just need to install them now.

Ace Fire:  No new news for their promised final visit.

Real Estate:  We now legally own the lots East of the GF Central Office along with the 5.08 acres. There has been no action on that land between the broker and buyer other than the district office sending applicable docs to all. It has been frustrating and I will need to get more involved.

Personnel. Still hoping that we are all set for next year, but you never know.


We completed our second review of the Facility policy series.

Still no clear guidance on future funding from this legislative session. It does appear that what is currently being proposed will not affect our district significantly in the next couple of years. We are using last year’s Per Pupil amount for budget planning until we know differently. We shall see.

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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.