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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 775-485-6382Goldfield 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, September 2022   

James D. Fossett

General Comments:  

Summer has flown by and the school year has begun.  Welcome back to all EsCSD students and staff!  I hope your summer was relaxing and renewing.  I’ve visited each classroom and they look great!  Teachers have prepared and polished, in preparation for the new year.  During the summer our maintenance team has worked hard to make school facilities even better.  Thanks to all those who have worked tirelessly over the summer. 


We welcome Tom Lyman to the Dyer teaching staff.  He has years of experience in teaching and leadership.  Tom will be the Principal/ASO of Dyer and teach middle school.  We also welcome Jasmine Simental as our new ASO for Esmeralda Virtual High School.  She will also be our Behavioral Specialist and balance other district responsibilities as well.  Jasmine, welcome to the high school and to your new job as District Coordinator.  Carissa Abbott will be the new ASO for Silver Peak Elementary and both Josh and Carissa Abbott will be in district support roles this year.  Thank you Josh and Carissa. 

Important Dates:

Labor Day September 6th - No School Monday

Professional Development (EsCSD) September 10th - Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM 

Board Meeting September 13th - 6:15 PM in Dyer

PLC/Safety Committee:  

Our monthly PLC/Safety Committee meeting in September will be focused on identifying our top priorities for the school year and reviewing feedback from security specialists who have met with us in August for training.  

Personnel and School Structure:  

On a temporary basis, we are transporting our Silver Peak students to Goldfield School, but maintaining back to school night, and other activities at Silver Peak.  Mr. Abbott will support interventions in Goldfield, while Mrs. Abbott is helping out with middle school instruction in Dyer.  The Silver Peak students are participating in larger, more robust classroom environments.  This is a temporary fix to meet student needs throughout the district.  

District Facilities and Bus Update:  

We recently received a resignation from Monahan Graymountain and are actively working on getting a bus driver for the Goldfield to Tonopah route.  Doug is covering for now.  Our Goldfield numbers on the bus are substantially reduced, because more students are attending the EsCSD Virtual High School.  Ms. Simental is doing a great job of welcoming our new high school students, and our new high school support rooms have been very well received by students.



Summer has been a busy time in education this year.  Many districts are struggling to fill teaching, bus driver, leadership, and other positions.  As a group, the superintendents of the 17 districts signed a letter to the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) requesting a substantial change in the testing calendar for 2022-2023 and were gratified to receive support for our request from the NDE.  RPDP, the professional development branch of the NDE, has offered their services in trainings for staff and we look forward to our continued relationship with that professional group.  This year we are continuing our work to smooth out Infinite Campus, offer more support for reading interventions, and collaborate on the development of guided reading practices. We’re off to a great start!

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 Roger Ottolino, Counselor Esmeralda County School District PO Box 560, Goldfield, NV 89013 775-485-6382 Secondary Winifred L. Sanderson, HR Director 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