Prince William school system hires an ombudsman | Securities

Prince William County Public Schools announced earlier this month that they have hired Monique Bookstein as the division’s new ombudsman.

She will begin in her role on January 3.

Bookstein joins the school system with skills to help individuals address and resolve personal and systemic conflict, the school system said in a news release. She held various leadership positions in the FBI for 33 years, including as Chief Mediator.

Bookstein earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership from Lewis University and a bachelor’s degree in legal studies, with a minor in criminal justice, from the University of Maryland.

She is a member of the International Ombudsman Association, the Coalition for Federal Ombudsman and the Intelligence Community Ombudsman Forum.

The office of the school system ombudsman was created with the approval of the school board in 2019.

The purpose of the office is to provide parents, students and members of the school community with access to an independent and impartial person who can facilitate the informal resolution of concerns, conflicts and problematic issues arising within the school system. The ombudsman is also authorized to bring systemic and organizational concerns to the attention of the school board and the superintendent or his or her designate for resolution, the school system said.

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