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
Summer Programs

The Wickenburg Unified School District (WUSD) has once again developed a comprehensive plan for summer programming. Last year our summer program coordinator switched from Bill Moran, director of special services, to Debbie Hodgkiss, director of CAILL initiatives. Debbie has worked to bring all of the programs together, and we are expecting a very active summer.

In sum, a bit over 290 students will attend one of WUSD programs, and this figure does not include Camp Imagination, the Webb Center’s popular summer program. Most of the WUSD programs will be during the month of June and will be conducted on the Wickenburg High School campus, although there will be some level of programming on each campus in the district. 

Funded through either grants or fees, the programs address individual student’s needs or interests. WUSD will offer programs for students interested in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), as well as individuals desiring online course work, students who are struggling in reading and math, students in need of high school credits, and individuals interested in gaining a “jump start” on their high school algebra course work.

Students in each of the programs will be able to take advantage of free breakfast and lunch service (served at Hassayampa and WHS), and the programs make joint transportation possible. I believe this effort to coordinate the programs and figure out ways to share resources and services is both beneficial for all involved and a wise use of taxpayer dollars. Anytime similar programs can work together for mutual benefit, both students and taxpayers win.

I wanted to take a moment to update the community about this effort to create efficiency in offering summer programming, as you might be surprised to see kids riding buses to and from school during June and parts of July. Know that this represents an effort to use your tax dollars in both an effective manner academically and an efficient manner financially.