Superintendent ready to retire

WUSD searches for new school boss after Carlson announces departure

After serving as the superintendent for Wickenburg Unified School District for more than 10 years, Dr. Howard Carlson has announced he will be retiring at the end of the school year. It was only a year go that Carlson was named Arizona Superintendent of the Year by Arizona School Administrators.

“It is with great sadness that I announce, after 11 years of service to Wickenburg Unified School District, our superintendent, Dr. Howard Carlson, has chosen to retire at the end of the 2019/2020 school year,” wrote Governing Board President Joe Maglio in a letter to community members dated Oct. 31. “During those 11 years, he, with the assistance of a dedicated and loyal staff, has served the students, families and communities of WUSD with great dedication, hard work and vision.”

WUSD Governing Board has entered into a contract with the Arizona School Board Association (ASBA) to help in the search for a new superintendent.

WUSD is launching a community survey for “input on the characteristics and qualities” of a superintendent the board should be looking for. The survey consists of nine multiple-choice questions and two sections for comments. It will be available from Nov. 8 – Dec. 2 on the district’s website,

Maglio also highlighted that WUSD has gained positive recognition and respect statewide due to Carlson’s leadership. Prior to coming to Wickenburg, Carlson was in the Sunnyside Unified School District (Tucson) and before that was a superintendent and assistant superintendent in the state of Minnesota. He began his career in the state of Washington where he progressed from a teacher to superintendent in one district.

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