The Board of Education for the public school system in Maryland has approved funding for an Ombuds position, starting in 2019. According to a local new report, the FCPS Ombuds "will be a neutral and impartial party working to address the concerns of students, families, parents, employees and county residents," but will not participate in formal investigations. The board approved an annual budget of $115,000, which will cover start up costs (about $3,000), salary, and fringe benefits.
Additional details about the new Ombuds program have not been finalized or made public. Several other school districts in Maryland have Ombuds offices. Frederick County Public Schools enrolls 42,000 students and employs nearly 6,000 teachers and staff. (Frederick News Post; FCPS FY2019 Budget Questions; FCPS FY2019 Budget.)
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