Super Intendent's Corner

Howard CarlsonDr. Howard Carlson began his career in the state of Washington where he taught agriculture, science, and math courses at the middle school and high school levels. He earned his B.S. Degree from Washington State University and his Master’s degree from Heritage University. He completed his doctorate at Washington State University in 1997. 

As an administrator, Dr. Carlson has served at the building and central office levels; first becoming a superintendent in 1997. He has served as an assistant superintendent and superintendent in the states of Washington, Minnesota, and now Arizona. Dr. Carlson co-authored a book for new superintendents titled, “So Now You’re the Superintendent,” which was selected by the American Association of School Administrators to be jointly published with Corwin Press.

Dr. Carlson has been recognized as a state and national “Teacher of the Year,” “Administrator of the Year,” and was recently named Wickenburg's “Man of the Year." In 2011, he accepted an appointment by Governor Jan Brewer to serve on the state’s E-Learning Task Force.

Dr. Carlson has four children, all of which are school age and attend WUSD schools. His wife is also a certified teacher, and she currently teaches art and music (including band) at Festival Foothills Elementary School.

Dr. Carlson welcomes your comments and concerns.  You may e-mail him anytime or give him a call at (928) 668-5350.


Current Education Article
WUSD Increases Substitute Pay

Beginning on February 1 Wickenburg Unified School District (WUSD) increased its daily substitute pay rate from $90/day to $100/day at the k-8 grade levels and to $110/day at the 9-12 grade levels. Arizona currently is short over 2,000 certified teachers in its schools. Thus, finding qualified substitute teachers is becoming ever more difficult. We are hoping this increase in pay will encourage more individuals to substitute teach in the district.

In addition, each teacher who loses seven or more preparation periods due to internal substitute coverage during the course of the school year will receive a $50 gift card. Oftentimes, when we are short substitute teachers, our existing staff will graciously give up their preparation period to cover a class. Although the gift card is not a substantial contribution, we hope that it will at least provide some recognition of the tremendous effort our teachers put forth in these situations.

We also plan to increase our advertising efforts for substitutes within the community and to pursue obtaining certification for interested individuals who might qualify using other means. It is really a multi-faceted effort we are undertaking in an effort to make sure each classroom is covered on a daily basis.

As time progresses I will provide updates and additional information regarding our efforts, but if you happen to know of anyone who might be interested in substitute teaching please let us know. Interested individuals should contact Sara Fitzpatrick in our Human Resources Department by calling (928) 668-5301. Sara will be more than happy to assist anyone who might have an interested in substituting at a WUSD school.