Resolution J2529-2013

Honoring Mark R. Prowatzke, Ph.D. upon the occasion of his retirement after 21 years of distinguished service to the Mill Neck Manor School

Details

Actions

  • Jun 18, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 18, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

Text

LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring Mark R. Prowatzke, Ph.D. upon the occa-
sion of his retirement after 21 years of distinguished  service  to  the
Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf

WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body seeks to acknowledge those individuals
whose professional lives and civic endeavors serve to enhance the  stat-
ure of the  State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Mark
R. Prowatzke, Ph.D. on the occasion of his retirement; and
  WHEREAS, Mark  R.  Prowatzke  received  his  Bachelor's  and  Master's
degrees  from  the  University  of Wisconsin in Elementary Education and
Deaf Education, respectively, and he was awarded a  professional  degree
from  the  University  of  Minnesota  in Educational Policy and Adminis-
tration; and
  WHEREAS, Mark R. Prowatzke held many leadership roles  throughout  his
career,  serving  as  Dean of the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind; a
Regional Consultant to numerous rural school  districts;  Supervisor  of
Deaf  Education  in  Rochester,  Minnesota  public  schools;  an adjunct
professor and State Director of Rehabilitation Services  for  the  Deaf;
and
  WHEREAS, Immediately prior to coming to Mill Neck Manor School for the
Deaf,  Mark  R. Prowatzke was Director of Deaf Services Division for the
Minnesota Department of Human Services, whose 48 Deafness  professionals
designed  and  provided services in the areas of mental health, chemical
dependency, training for agency staff and statewide  interpreter  refer-
ral; and
  WHEREAS,  Mark R. Prowatzke became the Executive Director at Mill Neck
Manor School for the Deaf and Mill Neck Early Childhood Center  in  July
1992; and
  WHEREAS,  Mark  R. Prowatzke has been responsible for the supervision,
management and educational growth of approximately 200 students and  100
staff;  working  to  improve the education of Deaf and autistic children
throughout the New York City region and all across Long Island; and
  WHEREAS, Mark R. Prowatzke is considered an expert in deaf  education,
presenting at many conferences dealing with administration and Deafness;
and
  WHEREAS,  Mark  R. Prowatzke has always been a vocal supporter for the
need for special schools such as the 4201 schools; believing  that  Deaf
children  should  have  the right to direct access to communication with
appropriately certified staff and that students should have an  opportu-
nity to interact with staff and students who can communicate in the same
language they use; and
  WHEREAS,  Mark  R.  Prowatzke has always declared that schools such as
Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf are language rich settings  and  the
most appropriate placements for many students; and
  WHEREAS,  Mark  R.  Prowatzke has been an inspirational leader for his
staff, the parents and the community, whose guidance, care  and  support
will be missed greatly; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the quality of life in their community and have shown a long and
sustained commitment to the  maintenance  of  high  standards  in  their
profession,  certainly  have  earned the recognition and applause of all
the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Mark  R.  Prowatzke,  Ph.D.   upon the occasion of his retirement

after 21 years of distinguished service, and to wish him well in all his
future endeavors; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Mark R. Prowatzke, Ph.D.

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.

Discuss!

blog comments powered by Disqus