Meeting Yields no Deal in Strongsville

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – Days after a divided crowd at the Board of Education meeting unleashed a varied reaction from cheering and clapping to booing and screaming, the Board and the Strongsville Education Association sat down at the table once again.

And once again, they did not reach an agreement.

Sunday’s meeting began at 2 p.m. at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Independence and ended at just before 11:30 p.m.

According to the SEA, a one-time proposal was presented to end the strike; however, the association says the Strongsville Board of Education turned down the proposal without explanation.

The also SEA says concessions included in the latest proposal were extending the school day by 30 minutes at no additional costs to the district, and accepting insurance concessions presented by the board.

SEA members said they will be on the picket line Monday. They said no meetings are planned with the school board.

Neither side would answer further questions from the media.

Nearly 400 union members have been on strike since March 4 as the sides differ on salaries, working conditions and health care.

Students have been attending class with substitutes throughout the strike.

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