Houston school board member Sharon Horbyk poses for a photo with Olivia Woosley after presenting her diploma at Saturday's graduation ceremony. Horbyk gave diplomas to Woosley and two other longtime piano students as her final official duties with the board.

The longest tenured member of the Houston school board is resigning as she leaves the district to pursue a new career.

Sharon Horbyk, who has served Houston R-1 Schools the past 17 years, is moving to Columbia to become the director of member relations for the Missouri School Boards’ Association. Her letter of resignation has been submitted for Tuesday night’s monthly school board meeting.

“There’s a sad note to leaving behind the years of service, but I will be now be in a position to be an advocate for 900,000 public school students in Missouri,” Horbyk said. “Making Missouri better for kids has been a personal goal of mine ever since my decision to run for election all those years ago.”

Horbyk expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the community and represent Houston Schools at state and national levels. Her last official duties as school board member were Saturday when she handed diplomas to three graduating seniors – Elisa Williamson, Taylor Bryson and Olivia Woosley – who were her longtime piano students.

“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve the parents and patrons of Houston, but most importantly, I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the children of Houston,” Horbyk said. “I will leave behind board members, administrators, teachers and staff who have become close friends over the years, yet I also leave to each of you the challenge to continue being advocates for all children in Houston.”

Houston Superintendent Scott Dill said the district – per its policy – will accept letters of interest of fulfill Horbyk’s vacancy for two weeks. The letters will be reviewed at the next scheduled meeting or a special meeting. Finalists will be selected and interviewed by the board at a meeting. The appointment will be made in open session.

“Mrs. Horbyk has been with the district through good times and bad,” Dill said. “She has been a valued member of the leadership team for the school district. During my time as both principal and superintendent, I have watched her ask the tough questions to ensure the district is taking the best course of action for our students. Her experience and her knowledge have been an asset to the school district, and to me personally.”

PDF: Read Horbyk’s resignation letter

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