Senator Jim Gaughran Honors Special Education Leader Marianne Klotz for 50+ Years of Service
Senator Jim Gaughran presented a statewide resolution to Senior Director of Brookville Center for Children’s Services (BCCS) Marianne Klotz for 50+ years of innovation and service to children with special needs and their families on Aug. 27 in Brookville.
Senator Gaughran introduced this resolution, which was unanimously voted in favor by the senate chamber and memorialized by the state legislature on May 30, 2019.
Klotz’s extraordinary service to BCCS started in 1968. Under Marianne’s leadership, BCCS has grown from six classrooms in Brookville supporting 100 children to more than 1,000 children of all abilities with nearly 650 staff and schools in Brookville, Westbury, New Hyde Park and Woodbury, as well as a children’s residential program in Lido Beach. BCCS’ current programs range from infant/toddler daycare to integrated preschool to special ed from pre-k through the age of 21.
Klotz is also responsible for beginning one of the first autism programs on Long Island with speech, occupational and physical therapy.
In attendance at the resolution presentation was Saundra Gumerove, President of The Arc New York, which has 52 chapters across New York State, supporting more than 60,000 people with developmental disabilities, employs 30,000 people, and has a membership of more than 100,000. Also present was Stanfort Perry, Executive Director of AHRC Nassau, a chapter of The Arc New York and affiliate agency of BCCS supporting adults with developmental disabilities, and Mary McNamara, Foundation Director of the Nassau County AHRC Foundation.