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Auburn-Washburn USD 437

Board of Education

Members of the Auburn-Washburn Board of Education are patrons who voluntarily serve the community. Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month (except holidays) at 6:30 PM. These meetings are open to the public. The meetings are held at the Shuler Education Center at 5928 SW 53rd Street.

The Board of Education encourages input from the community and provides an Open Forum at the beginning of each regular meeting. Individuals may address the Board for up to five minutes each during this session. There will not be dialogue on issues raised in the Open Forum. If an individual wants more time and open discussion with the Board a topic may be placed on the agenda with a ten day advance notice.

For additional information please contact the Clerk of the Board. Denise Taylor at 785-339-4000 or


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Board Members:

President Dr. Terry Carney, 5B

Terry Carney
Dr. Terry Carney has been a member of the Board since 2009. He serves on the Capital Outlay Sub-Committee and the Construction Review Committee.

Dr. Carney is a Doctor of Optometry. He is a member of the Topeka South Rotary, Kansas Optometric Association, and American Optometric Association.

He has lived in Topeka for 39 years along with his wife Lisa, who is also a medical doctor, and their children Brandon and Alyssa.

Vice-President Harold Houck, 6C

Harold Houck
Mr. Harold Houck has been a member of the Board since 2009. He serves on the Budget and Strategic Accountability Sub-Committees.

Mr. Houck received his J.D. from Washburn University, his M.A. from Webster University, and his B.A. from the University of Missouri.

He has lived in Topeka for 18 years along with his wife, Shari, and his children Erin, John, and Thomas.

Jim Gartner, 4A

Jim Gartner
Mr. James Gartner has been a member of the Board since 2008. He serves on the Budget Sub-Committee and the Construction Review Committee.

Mr. Gartner received his B.A. in Business from Washburn University.

He has lived in Topeka for 55 years. He has two children, Megan and Wesley, and two step children, Michelle and Christian.

Darren Haddock, 3C

Darren Haddock
Mr. Darren Haddock was a member of the Board from 2002 - June of 2005. He was reappointed in December of 2005. He serves on the Negotiations and Internal Audit Sub-Committee.

Mr. Haddock received his BS in Economics and MBA from Brigham Young University. He is a member of the Jayhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

He has lived in Topeka for 15 years with his wife, Tracie and their 5 children, Porter, Mason, Lindsay, Spencer, and Tanner.

Trisha Brooke-Fruendt, 2B

Mrs. Brooke-Fruendt
Mrs. Patricia Brooke-Fruendt has been a member of the Board since 2013. She serves on the Capital Improvements committee.

Mrs. Brooke-Fruendt received her Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Kansas State University and has 28 years experience in the construction industry. She is a construction manager for a consulting firm out of Manhattan. Her hobbies include refereeing high school volleyball, spending time with her stepson Jonathan, who lives at home, and the family's two Irish Setters.

She grew up in Topeka and is married to Major Karl H. Fruendt, Kansas Air National Guard. She has three step-children, Emily, Jonathan, and Alex.

David Hines, 1A

David Hines
Mr. David Hines has been a member of the Board since 2011. He serves on the Construction Review Committee and on the Auburn-Washburn Foundation.

Mr. Hines received his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma with degrees in Accounting and Finance.

He has lived in Topeka for 9 years with his wife, Loretta, and their daughters, Avery and Olivia.

Tom Bruno, At-Large

Tom Bruno
Auburn-Washburn proudly welcomes Mr. Tom Bruno, its newest board member.