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.

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Health And Safety Bond Passes!

I am excited to announce that the WUSD health and safety bond passed by a margin of 53% (2,519 votes) to 47% (2,228 votes). We are humbled by the outcome and grateful for a supportive community who makes the health and safety of their children a priority.  

It will now be our job to be good stewards of the resources we have been blessed to receive and to keep our community informed of the progress we make in implementing the bond. To that end the planning process has already begun. We are starting to talk with our bond underwriter about next steps and have developed a calendar of events to occur throughout the remainder of this school year.

At this stage we plan to sell the bonds around April of this school year and will begin some of the work during the summer months. In the weeks to come a preliminary schedule will be established related to the projects and purchases to be made. I fully expect that this will be at least a three year process as all phases of the process are completed.

We plan to provide regular updates to the community, which will focus on both budget detail and project status. You can look for ongoing information under the “bond” tab on the WUSD website, and we will also produce quarterly and annual reports.

Again, we are very thankful for the community’s support and look forward to addressing many of the district’s most dire health and safety needs over the next few years. Please follow our progress, and as always, contact us if you have questions.