Ohio school district to remain open as teacher strike enters 2nd day

Ohio school district to remain open as teacher strike enters 2nd day

LOUISVILLE, OH (WOIO) - A school district near Canton will remain open despite a teachers strike that went into effect at midnight Wednesday, according to a district official.

On Tuesday, the Louisville Education Association met once again to vote on the State Employment Relations Board fact-finding report. For a second time, the association voted against the report.

Louisville, Ohio is about 10 miles northeast of Canton.

After the vote, the association, which represents 180 full-time and part-time district employees, voted to strike.

"We are ready for a change in Louisville, and we are standing up to seek that change," said association spokesperson Angela Emmons. "Our bargaining team remains willing to return to the table. We certainly hope that the Board takes us up on that offer sooner, not later."

The Louisville Board of Education and Administration said it was disappointed to learn that the members of the association voted to reject the recommendations outlined in a fact finder's report they say was filed with the State Employment Relations Board.

"Our goal from the start was to negotiate a contract that is responsible to the community and fair for our teachers. We feel that the recommendations of the fact finder accomplishes these goals," said Superintendent of Schools Michele Shaffer.

Emmons says the board refused to sign off on tentative agreements that had been agreed to verbally, or refused to negotiate in "good faith and have meaningful conversations."

Schools will remain open during the strike.

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