Office of the Ombudsman
The Office of the Ombudsman serves as a navigator for families, employees, and the community to resolve issues or concerns through mediation and education. Our office hears and discusses the presenting concern, and after determining the need provides support in finding appropriate options and solutions.
Sue Ownby, Special Education (Family / Parent) Liaison, is the primary point-of-contact for concerns regarding students who receive special education services, students who have a 504, or students who are suspected of needing additional support.
Patricia Inés Robledo, EL Family Liaison, is the primary point-of-contact for parents who need support due to a language barrier.
Anyone with a concern can contact the Ombudsman office to discuss or seek assistance in resolving or clarifying a school or district concern, problem or complaint by completing an online form, phone, in writing or by email.
4 Steps to Resolve a ConcernReport your concern to your child's school principal, teacher and/or to the specific staff person involved.If the issue remains unresolved, contact Knox County Schools district office for the specific division or regional supervisor/director.If after completing Step 1 and Step 2, an adequate resolution has not been reached submit a service request online, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-594-1192.The Ombudsperson will reach out to listen and take actions to address and facilitate resolution options in cooperation with KCS staff and in compliance with Knox County Schools policies and procedures.