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Education Articles

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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 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 named Wickenburg's “Man of the Year" by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, he was recognized by the Arizona School Administrators Association as "Administrator of the Year" by the organizations' superintendent's division.

Dr. Carlson has four children, all of whom have attended Wickenburg schools. His wife is a certified teacher who currently teaches art at Wickenburg High 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
The Buses Are Here!

We have had an exciting week in WUSD with the arrival of the first new buses, funded through the Health & Safety Bond. In total, the district will be taking receipt of 19 new buses over the course of the next month or so.

The majority of the new buses carry 77 passengers, and they are conventional in design (they have a hood in the front). We selected these buses due to the fact that they are the most fuel efficient and reliable on the market. An added benefit will be that with one consistent bus model, maintenance and repairs will be much easier. Our certified diesel mechanic will receive training on all aspects of this bus model and will be able stock fewer parts due to consistency of design.

Although the new bus design has many new features, which make operation safer for drivers and students, there are three components I would like to further highlight.

The first component is a “child check system.” The system is designed in a manner which requires the bus driver to walk the aisle all of the way to the back of the bus, checking for sleeping students, prior to leaving the bus. There is a certain button at the back of the bus that the driver needs to push prior to the leaving the vehicle. If this button is not pushed, the horn will sound and the headlights will flash, alerting the driver (or others) that the bus needs to be checked for students.

A second feature is that each bus has four security cameras that cover all internal portions of the bus. The addition of this camera system reduces disciplinary issues on the bus, but also documents any potential issues that might occur.

A final component is an upgraded a/c system. Over the years, when temperatures can reach as high as 115 degrees, we have received reports from parents of students who would suffer heat related issues due to, in some cases, hour long+ bus rides. The normal a/c systems placed on buses are designed for regions of the country that do not exceed 90 degrees. As we all know, we can have many days during the spring, summer, and fall, which might exceed this temperature range. The upgraded a/c system should keep the buses cool for both our students and drivers, again, enhancing safety for all involved.

As a final note, we will be holding a bus open house at Hassayampa Elementary School on Thursday, April 13 from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. for all who are interested. We will also be serving refreshments, so please put this time on your calendar!