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
Travel Bus

In December, the WUSD Governing Board approved the purchase of 15 conventional route buses, one special education bus, and two 15-passenger activity buses with bond funds. Now our work turns to purchasing a travel bus for field trips, athletics, and music events.

The fact that we are located quite a distance from other schools and places where events occur required that we consider all of our options. Although this may not be general knowledge, in some cases, our students travel up to eight hours (four hours each way) to compete or participate in an event, oftentimes arriving home in the middle of the night. Many school districts, based upon travel distances, pursue the option of the purchase of a charter-type bus. The charter-type bus provides a bit more room, individual seating for doing homework, sleeping, and includes expanded storage space. Although we looked into this possibility, we decided to stick with the purchase of a traditional yellow and black school bus, which we can also use on routes and they require a safer standard.
This school bus, again purchased with bond monies, would include additional features designed to accommodate our students for longer periods of travel. The additional features include an interior insulation layer; provides extra storage for equipment, instruments, and supplies; and contains upgraded seating. We believe each of these components will make the school bus more practical as students travel long distances.

All of the new buses should arrive at the end of June. We will trade in all of the other existing buses, with the exception of four of our current newer-model buses, which will continue to be in use on a daily basis. I want to thank the community once again for their support of our students and I trust each of us will rest a bit easier knowing that their travels will take place on new, safe, and mechanically sound buses.