Local School District Faces Strike Deadline

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - Teachers in the Maple Heights school district in suburban Cleveland will soon vote on whether to strike.

Contract negotiations are scheduled for Tuesday evening, but the district has already spent $38,000 to hire replacement teachers and security guards.

The teachers' contract expired Saturday. If an acceptable contract is not agreed upon by midnight, the regular teachers would go on strike and the replacements would take over.

Teachers want a 12 percent pay increase each year for the next three years. They also want the district to send students home at midday every other Friday so that they can plan.

The Maple Heights School District made a final offer of a 2.5 percent increase in each of the next two years.

The district is near the bottom of per-student tax base in Cuyahoga County. It has lost two attempts this year to pass new school levies.

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