Important Info

Here you will find important information Dr. Carlson wants to be sure to communicate to the Wickenburg community. Please check it often so that you are continually educated and aware of the issues facing our district.

Education Articles

Here you will find recent articles regarding important issues facing the Wickenburg Unified School District. To view past articles, please visit our archive.

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
Wickenburg Unified School District Transportation Department Ready to Roll

With school only a few days away, the WUSD Transportation Department is all hands on deck. While students and teachers have enjoyed the summer break, the WUSD Transportation Department has been hard at work. Our new district diesel mechanic has been fine-tuning our bus engines while our district fleet mechanic has been under the hood of the district vehicles. We’ve replaced dozens of seat covers, mopped countless floors (thanks to the mid-July monsoon), washed many windows, and updated our website with our current route sheets. You’re likely to see a district bus or two rolling down the road as our drivers put the finishing touches on our fleet. Our goal: ready to roll come day one.

Our new department Director, Cori Ferguson is looking forward to the new school year. A recently signed, one-of-a-kind, IGA (Intergovernmental Agreement) with the Nadaburg School District creates a partnership that allows the two districts to share some buses, routes, and bus maintenance shop space. Cori says that the agreement allows access to tools and equipment that our district has never had access to. This agreement provides us with the means to care for and support our aging fleet.

As the district’s financial pressures increase, it becomes more challenging to support our aging fleet. We are looking at every opportunity to improve efficiency, productivity, and contain costs. A transportation software tool is allowing us to reevaluate routes, stops, drive time, distances, and predict the most effective and cost efficient routes. Prior to rolling out our new routes, there will be public meetings so people will have an opportunity to give input.

Mentioned above are just two of the changes the transportation department is implementing. In future articles you will read more about the changes within the WUSD Transportation Department.