Super Intendent's Corner

Dr. 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.



John & Lynne Boyer Atrium Addition Provides Possibilities

This past week I attended an event at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, John & Lynne Boyer Atrium. I believe the community is well aware of the project which has greatly expanded the size of the lobby area and added a new box office, volunteer room, catering kitchen, and expanded the capacity in the men’s and women’s restrooms. The project was generously funded by the Boyer Foundation and is truly a state of the art facility.
    
The reason for the article today, related to this new facility, is to explore some of the many possibilities for its use. I believe the Webb center, led by Executive Director Cathy Weiss, plans to hold dinner events, fundraisers, and celebrations in this space which has been designed to hold over 120 people. A high tech visual and sound system along with the facilities open design will make it a great place for many exciting activities.
    
As partners in the facility, the Wickenburg Unified School District also has many thoughts and ideas for the atrium’s use. Already we are thinking about student banquets, presentations, and possibly even using the site for academic conferences. We have scheduled our high school principal interviews in the facility during the month of February and see many great and varied opportunities as time progresses.
    
We are richly and wonderfully blessed to have this amazing facility in our community and hope that each of you will choose to attend an upcoming Webb center or school district event so that you can see it for yourself. I believe you will walk away amazed and proud of what is possible here in Wickenburg.