Strongsville strike over, no school Monday

Strongsville strike over, no school Monday
School Board met Sunday morning
School Board met Sunday morning

STRONGSVILLE, OH (WOIO) - The Strongsville School Board unanimously approved the tentative agreement at an emergency meeting Sunday morning.

Strongsville City Schools will be closed for students Monday as the district transitions back to regular operations, however, they need the following employee groups to report to work at their regular start times:

All Administration employees, All Board Office employees, All Transportation employees and All 260-day employee groups.

Please note that transportation services will be provided to all non-public schools we normally service as well as the Polaris Career Center.   After school and evening activities will continue as planned on Monday in all of our buildings.

After the vote Sunday morning, School Board President David Frazee said, "We are pleased with this agreement. We have an agreement that is sustainable into the future."

"Essentially, the SEA agreed to concessions on teachers' healthcare plans that offset the increase in compensation teachers will be getting. There is no material increase in cost from our April 14, 2013 proposal."

Saturday night the teachers voted to pass the tentative agreement as well.

"It helped that we received $3.2 million in unanticipated funds from delinquent real estate taxes, tax increment financing and the county first- half 2013 tax collections," said Frazee. "We will consider using these funds to eliminate General Education fees and reduce pay-to-participate fees."

"The community will want to know whether there is a no reprisal clause in this agreement. Like most final agreements after a strike, there is a no reprisal clause," said Frazee. "However, both the SEA and BOE recognize that the decisions made by law enforcement, the Berea Municipal Court or the Ohio Department of Education are separate and apart from this agreement."

John Krupinski, school superintendent, commented about the status of planning time and duties. "We have modified teacher duty assignments to improve student performance. That means duty time will be more effective and efficient. Planning time will remain the same. Both of these items will positively impact student achievement."

Both sides came to the tentative agreement Friday after meeting with the Federal Mediator all day.

No word yet on when teachers will be back in their classrooms.  It could be as early as Tuesday giving the substitute teachers a day to gather their things.

According to Frazee, "We appreciate the concessions our teachers made that allow our school district to stay in the black. We promised our community we would approve an agreement that was economically sustainable. We have. This was our single goal from the start. We appreciate the commitment of our negotiation team in this process. Let the healing begin."

To see the whole agreement, click [HERE].

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