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Greetings from the department of Pupil Personnel!  We hope everyone has begun to settle into the new school year.   We wanted to take a moment to introduce ourselves as the new Director and Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services for the Onteora Central School District (CSD).  We have already had the pleasure of touring each of our school buildings and starting to meet students and staff. 

A little about the Director...

My name is Amanda Allison and I live in Dutchess County with my husband, 4-year old son and our wildly exuberant rescue dog.  I have been in the field of Special Education for more than16 years.  I began my career as a school social worker in a rural school district in Columbia County and worked for over 10 years in the Carmel Central School District in Putnam County, first as a social worker and then as a CPSE/CSE Chairperson and special education administrator.  I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and have provided direct and consultative services to students and families. More recently, I served as a building principal for Southern Westchester BOCES, where I worked with students who were on the Autism Spectrum. emotionally fragile and intellectually delayed.  

A little about the Assistant Director....

My name is Carol Grima and I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you during the second half of the 2020/2021 school year, when I began in the Onteora School District, as the interim Assistant Director of pupil personnel services. I am currently in my 18th year of providing and supervising services for students enrolled in special education.  My career began in Queens, New York and I transitioned to Long Island where I taught elementary school in a self-contained setting. Prior to moving to Ulster county, I worked as an Assistant Principal for Nassau BOCES.  Currently, I continue to provide virtual parent training for families in need.  

 We look forward to working with each of you  to ensure that our programs and initiatives meet the needs of all our diverse learners. We will be hosting some regional virtual trainings related to  special education, IEPs, transition and CPSE. Once dates and times have been secured we will send to all parents. In addition, this year we are hoping to focus on social emotional supports and hope to have some resources available on our website for families soon.  Please feel free to reach out to us with any ideas, concerns or positive experiences. 

Wishing us all a successful, productive and healthy school year ahead!

Amanda Allison and Carol Grima 

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
Amanda Allison
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.