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 Maintenance and Operation Department

The following education article was written by guest writer, William Moran, director of maintenance and operations.

Many of you have seen the Little Red Schoolhouse located next to the Basha’s parking lot downtown. It is hard to imagine that a single building was the entire school district many years ago. Later we had safety patrol, where older students guarded the crosswalks, so that younger students could cross traffic safely. They even monitored bicycle riders to ensure that only a single rider was on a bike to promote safety. As eras have moved forward, we may even long for the times that a simpler life reflects, without snarling traffic, time deadlines, or the rush to stay ahead. Whether we long for the times of the Little Red Schoolhouse or not, we now are in a world that is much faster and demands much more of us. 

Today, the tasks of the district once performed by volunteers, completed by students, or assigned to staff has given away to a maintenance department. The maintenance department has evolved with the times taking on new challenges as technology develops, laws change, and safety concerns increase. Who remembers swamp coolers in all classrooms? Not only were they uncomfortable most of the time, they were often old, extremely noisy, and prone to inflaming allergies. Over time air conditioning has been installed in almost all buildings, thus reliving the stress of the stifling heat, noise, and allergy issues. Wood floors have been replaced with carpet and tile. Personally, I enjoyed the sound of the wood floors as students and staff scurried about during the day. The playground of a single swing from a tree, has been replaced with what we now refer to as equipment. Washing your hands no longer requires that you turn on a faucet, you merely place your hands in the sink and the water is dispensed to control overuse. With the constant development of new and more modern schools it requires staff to keep up with the maintenance requirements of each. Moving forward in our maintenance department, we have found we can no longer wait for repairs to come to us, but we have to develop a plan to anticipate what each school may need.  

As we welcome the new year our maintenance department for the Wickenburg Unified Schools will be faced with new challenges; in meeting the needs of all our schools and programs. Our staff has and will continue work to develop preventive maintenance plans, ensure the safety of students and staff, and provide the best customer service we can.