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Esmeralda County School District

M. Neil Terhune Ed. D.
Superintendent, EsCSD

Physical:  MM 11 Hwy 264
Dyer, Nevada 89010

Mailing:  P.O. Box 129
Dyer, Nevada 89010

Dyer Office 775-572-3250
Dyer Office Fax 775-572-3310

Goldfield Office 775-485-6382
Goldfield Office Fax 775-485-3511

Dr. M. Neil Terhune

Please be advised that the District is experiencing intermittent internet connection issues and our VoIP is not working properly.  Please call 775-572-3101 for immediate assistance, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  

*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 Board Report October 2021

General Comments:  

There has been a significant lack of attendance for both students and staff due to illness. It continues to be a significant challenge for the district. It has been more severe in Goldfield. The teachers and subs have really pulled together to offer school each day for those that can make it. We continue to struggle with so many who fail to complete and returning distance learning assignments when students are quarantined. This despite some very heroic efforts by staff to assist in this effort. FLV is especially problematic.

Teachers/Students: The following are activities scheduled between now and the next Board meeting. 

    Pumpkin Patch trip     ………………..    October 14

    B-Ball @Battle Mountain   ………….   October 15

    Parent/Teacher Conferences    …..    October 22

    B-Ball @ Eureka    ……………………….    October 30

    Halloween Activities   …………………     October 29

    B-Ball @Home       ……………………..     October 30

    In-service                  ………………………     November 6   

On September 16th we took our 4-8 grades to the Reno Air Races and STEM Demonstrations. It went well. Grateful to Doug and Jessica for volunteering to do bus duty for us.  

Roger says our Virtual HS is doing well. We are up to have 6-7 students enrolled.

Thanks to Ashton Johnson and the Dowers our Basketball season is in full swing. We practice three days a week at each site and then practice together taking turns on Thursdays by alternating between GF and FLV. At last count we have between 14-17 players.

 PLC/Safety Committee

Our monthly PLC/Safety Committee meeting agenda focused on planning and coordination of various upcoming activities and distance learning issues. We have staff attending a Safety Conference in Reno. There will be another in November.

We are still waiting on the on-site Safety Assessment by Jeff’s office. Thanks again to Paul and Melinda for helping that happen.

Personnel and School Structure

The district interviewed three excellent candidates for the District Administrative Assistant position. A recommendation will be made at the board meeting.

We love our substitutes. We have had a great deal of support in many positions.

District Facilities Update.

The Athletic Field is still on hold, not due to lack of parts but due to priorities at the moment. My hope is that we can test the sprinkler system before it gets too cold to do so. A reminder that we are planning to seed not sod that area next Spring.



The next meeting is November 12 at the NASB Annual Conference Nov 12 at 6:00 PM. Harvey's Lake Tahoe, 18 Hwy 50, Stateline, NV.  Mr. Fossett will attend this meeting in person. He has also been attending NASS meetings in person while I have participated virtually.

We are currently undergoing our semiannual School Business audit.

I am currently negotiating with NYE on an updated MOA with them relating to the Tonopah HS. Ryan Russell is taking over duties from Mike Pavlakis’ office (he is trying to retire). Ryan is our point man for the MOA negotiations, and we have held discussions. I am planning on putting it before the School Board in November. That will be the time to continue discussions on the future of our HS students.

As always your thoughts and/or prayers are requested for the many who are sick and have lost loved ones.

Thanks for helping your school family do all things in wisdom, order, with foresight and all the while acknowledging with gratitude from whence all blessings come. 😊

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.

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.