December 27, 2004
It’s the time of the year when people take personal inventories and decide where they’ll put their energ y in the coming months.
Suzy Horvath came to her resolution a little sooner than most. The Gilbert mother of six decided to spend more time with her family and not run in November for a second term on the Gilbert Unified School District’s governing board.
It’s a decision she didn’t take lightly, she said.
Horvath said she first ran for office out of a feeling of responsibility to the district. Three of her children are enrolled in Gilbert schools, and she is a 1988 Gilbert High School graduate.
"One of my biggest joys as a board member has been going to school events and seeing students with my former teachers," she said. "I enjoy seeing my
former teachers still out there doing their best."
Her fellow board members said they support her decision but will miss her dedication to the district and commitment to her post.
At the last district meeting of the year, board member Helen Hollands choked up when she publicly honored Horvath for her four years of service. "I’ve only cried one other time at a board meeting, but I can’t help myself," she said, wiping tears from her eyes.
Superintendent Brad Barrett said he’s always been impressed by Horvath’s thoroughness and preparedness. "We’re so proud of her," he said. "She’s one of our own."
Horvath said she plans to be active in her children’s classrooms and serve as a chauffeur.
"My older ones want to be involved, and before, I didn’t have the time to drive them to activities," she said.
She also plans to focus on her younger children — two of whom are still in diapers.
Her replacement, Traci Klein, was sworn into office at the last meeting earlier this month.
"One of my biggest joys as a board member has been going to school events and seeing students with my former teachers."