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The Strongsville Board of Education responds to teachers vote to strike

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Strongsville teachers after voting to go on strike. Strongsville teachers after voting to go on strike.
Teachers gather outside the Strongsville police station to confront substitutes Teachers gather outside the Strongsville police station to confront substitutes
STRONGSVILLE, OH (WOIO) -

After meeting for several hours to vote on the school district's latest proposal, Strongsville teachers have voted to strike.

The Strongsville City Schools have released the following statement regarding the strike:

"We are disappointed that our teachers have voted to implement a strike beginning on March 4, 2013. However, the Board of Education (BOE) and I are pleased that we have a highly capable and professional administrative team as well as qualified substitute teachers in place, who want only the best for our students.

We thank the Strongsville Police Department for their efforts so that our students and non-striking staff are able to open schools on Monday as we begin this teachers' strike.

We believe we have done everything we could to avoid a teachers' strike. It is the Strongsville Education Association's (SEA) decision to go on strike. We will continue to negotiate in good faith during the strike. We have posted both the BOE and SEA proposed agreements online at www.strongnet.org/negotiationnews. The community will find the BOE agreement to be fair to our teachers and affordable to our district.

We are putting our strike preparation plan into effect. Families will continue to find helpful information on our website."

This comes after a day of watching angry teachers gather outside the Strongsville Police station where potential substitute teachers were going to get fingerprinted.

The teachers chanted, "Shame on you!" as their potential replacements arrived.

On each side of the entrance yelling, teachers yelled at the people asking them, "How can you do this?" and telling them to go home.

The school district gave the teachers what they're calling their "last, best offer" Saturday, and teachers will be voting tonight from 5-10 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Route 82.

The Strongsville Education Association responded to the offer yesterday saying they were, "extremely disappointed by the Board's decision to abruptly end bargaining by issuing a Last Best Offer at today's afternoon negotiations session."

The Strongsville School District received a 10-day warning notification letter indicating that the SCS teaching staff will go on strike starting on March 4.  The district said that the time that they were, "extremely disappointed that our union has decided to take this action. It is certainly not what we and our community expected."

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