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Welcome to our new Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Carol Grima
From Cindy Bishop: I am happy to announce that Carol Grima will be joining our administrative team as our Interim Assistant PPS Director.  Carol has extensive experience in special education.  She was a SpEd teacher for 11 years on Long Island and was Assistant Principal in a BOCES school on Long Island that specializes in serving students with significant disabilities.  Most recently, Carol was a service coordinator for a private agency, supervising all of their related services, evaluating preschool students and chairing their CPSE meetings.  In all of her administrative roles, Carol has served as a CSE and CPSE chairperson, and has an excellent reputation as someone who cares deeply about students, families, teachers, and is an excellent addition to any administrative team.

The District-wide Onteora Pupil Personnel Services Department serves as an advocate for all students with diverse needs. We are committed to the teaching and nurturing of children through multisensory learning approaches, counseling, collaboration and case management. We are resources, supporters, and modelers for children, co-workers, parents, the community, and each other. We facilitate the education of children in a supportive environment in which all can learn, succeed, and achieve a sense of self-worth to ensure a healthy, positive future.

Special Education services are offered through a variety of programs and services designed to meet the individual needs of classified students and to provide support within the regular education program. 

Every effort is made to ensure that, where appropriate, classified students have opportunities to participate in the mainstream educational program. 

All services are offered in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Parts 200 and 201 Relating to the Education of Students With Disabilities of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education (NYS).

PPS Staff Directory and Search

Director of Pupil Personnel Services
P: (845) 657-3320 x1020
F: (845) 657-8742

Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Carol Grima
P: (845) 657-3320 x1020
F: (845) 657-8742

SecretarIAL Support
Margaret Harkin,
Secretary to the PPS Director
P: (845) 657-3320 x1020
F: (845) 657-8742

Contact regarding out-of-District placements (including Ulster BOCES), preschool students, Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, homeschooling and McKinney-Vento students.

Amy Russell
P: (845) 657-3320 x1022
F: (845) 657-8742

Contact regarding students in-district Grades K-12 and students with 504 plans.

Resources for Parents:

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the nation's main education law for all public schools. The law holds schools accountable for how students learn and achieve.
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Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

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Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets

Autism: CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities)

Due Process Information:
Due Process (English)
Due Process (Spanish)

Parent Guide:
Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21

State Education Department:

A Resource to Special Education Support Services (Birth to third grade):