Prince William County Schools (PWCS) has implemented a new method of handling the concerns of the community.
On August 5, Sarah Miller Espinosa will start as the new ombudsman. This new position comes off the heels of the implementation of Board Policy 180, which saw the development of the Office of the Ombudsman last spring.
According to a release from PWCS, the role of the new office is to provide the parents, students and members of the school community with an impartial official who is responsible for resolving conflicts and concerns. This office is also responsible for reporting any systematic or organizational issues to the School Board and Superintendent.
In a recent release, School Board Chairman Babur Lateef spoke about Miller’s background and how it applies to this new role she is taking on for PWCS.
“Ms. Espinosa brings to PWCS an extensive background in arbitration and mediation,” Lateef explained. “She established the Montgomery College Office of the Ombuds and served as Impartial College Ombuds, responsible for providing a confidential, independent forum for the employees to explore and identify issues, interests, and possible solutions to conflict.”
This article was written by Staff Writer Patricia Keitz.