Letter from Cindy Bishop, PPS Director
Dear Parents, Guardians and Onteora School Community,
I am writing with mixed emotions to inform you that I am retiring effective June 30, 2021. It has been my great honor partnering with you in support of your child to provide them with the best possible educational programs. I have known many of your children since they transitioned from Early Intervention to Preschool Special Education services. I have seen them learn and play in their UPK classrooms, and have seen them walk across the high school graduation stage. I have seen them flourish with your love and commitment, and the support of our school community. I have learned and grown with them, and have enjoyed a long and gratifying career in education. With that said, I am leaving you in very capable hands.
Many of you have already met our new Assistant Director of PPS, Ms. Carol Grima. Carol started in January as an interim, and was hired to permanently replace Elizabeth Fallo who is now the Principal of Phoenicia Elementary School! Carol is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of special education, and is already familiar with your child's strengths, needs, programs and services. Carol has many years of experience as a special education teacher and a special education building administrator. These experiences have well prepared her to serve and support our amazing students. Carol is excited to work with our teachers and related service providers to support your child's development. Please feel free to reach out to Carol; she is accessible, and it is her goal to partner with you to best serve your child.
Our new Director of PPS, Ms. Amanda Allison, will start on July 1st! Amanda is also a seasoned administrator, beginning her career as a school social worker, then CSE and CPSE chairperson, and currently a special education building administrator. Over the last year, Amanda has served as principal of a BOCES school, so she fully understands the unique challenges posed by the pandemic. I have had the opportunity to meet briefly with Amanda, and have found her to be intelligent, collaborative, experienced in special education and passionate about her opportunity to serve the Onteora students and community. I will be spending significant time with her over the next few weeks, and will share as much information with her as possible to make her transition to Onteora smooth and successful. Please welcome Amanda, and once she gets settled in her new office, feel free to reach out to her as needed.
Margaret Harkin and Amy Russell will continue to support the PPS department with their consistent attention to detail and willingness to support you in any way necessary.
You may know that I will not be too far away! I am excited to begin a new adventure in July, serving on the Onteora Board of Education. It is my goal to partner with our current school board trustees to support our students, parents, community, administration, teachers and all those who make Onteora a great school district as we move forward with a new central administration. In this time of challenge and opportunity, I am humbled to serve on this new level.
I am incredibly grateful and sincerely wish you all the best,