Mayor Meeting a No Go for Strongsville BOE

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio– The Strongsville City Schools Board of Education has decided not to accept the invitation of Strongsville Mayor Thomas Perciak to meet with him and the Strongsville Education Association at his offices Friday morning.

School Board President David Frazee said in a statement, “We appreciate the Mayor’s offer to meet, but such a meeting is not in keeping with the parties’ existing negotiation agreement whereby we meet only when a federal mediator calls a meeting. This usually occurs when one or the other party expresses a change in position. Our negotiation team delivered a last best offer on March 2, 2013. We have listened to the voters and, just as the mayor must do, we must operate within the budget that we have been given. We have met under the jurisdiction of the federal mediator without progress.

We thank the Mayor and the Strongsville Police Department. We will continue to keep the Mayor and community informed of our progress and the status of school operations.”

Meanwhile, the Strongsville Education Association accepted the mayor’s invitation.

SEA President Tracy Linscott said in a statement, “We are appreciative of the Mayor’s efforts to help us meet with the members of the school board. Unless the SEA and the school board speak, it is impossible to negotiate.  SEA is eager to negotiate, and are hopeful that the Mayor’s offer will be a catalyst that finally leads to the first negotiation since March 2.”

Teachers have been on strike since March 4.

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