Steve Carlsen leaves North Summit
After 13 years with the North Summit School District, Superintendent Steve Carlson is relocating to the Carbon School District.
Carlsen explained that he will miss the friends he’s made throughout his career at North Summit, "It’s the friends you develop as an adult and the people you learn to trust, admire and respect. That’s the worst part, leaving those people," he said.
During his career at North Summit, Carlsen was able to watch four of his own kids graduate. Enjoying the support and the people in the district, he said, "I will leave behind a lot of great friends. It’s been a great experience for me."
After 10 years as superintendent, Carlsen was looking for the next step in his career, "It started me thinking of looking to a bigger district. There were several job openings but I only applied for one," he said.
Carlsen explained that one of the most challenging aspects of being a superintendent in a small school district is the limited staff, "Julie Black (administrative secretary) does so many things it’s unbelievable. But I have so many hats. There are people in Carbon that have the time to fill different roles, more than the smaller districts that will struggle with it," Carlsen said.
Working in a school district with more than 3,500 students, Carlsen explained that he’s looking forward to taking on a new role as superintendent.
"With more than 20 administrators, there will be a whole different line of communication (at Carbon) and a line I’ll have to get used to. It’s amazing at what three and a half times the kids can do and to have the staff that can get it done correctly," he said.
The North Summit School District has one elementary, one middle school and one high school, compared to Carbon’s five elementary schools, two junior high schools and two high schools, "It was a career move. A bigger district and more responsibility," Carlsen said.
Carlsen has enjoyed the location of North Summit and its accessibility to Salt Lake City, "I have family that is close by, and now I’m getting a little further away from them," he said.
Of the North Summit staff, he said, "I commend the teachers and administrators for doing a great job."
Mark Marsh, president of the North Summit board, explained that Carlsen’s been an excellent superintendent. "We understand that there is an opportunity to move up from here," Marsh said.
Marsh also praised Carlsen’s focus on the students and his leadership through difficult times in education. "Carlsen led us very well through some fiscally tough times and we’re going to miss him for that," Marsh said.
The board started accepting applications for the superintendent position last week.
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