City rescinds permit for community meeting on Strongsville teachers' strike

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - Strongsville city officials rescinded the permit for a town hall meeting on the teachers' strike at the city's recreation center.

The event was scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center to discuss the Strongsville Education Association strike, which is now in its sixth week.

On Thursday, the city of Strongsville said it rescinded the permit because of security and traffic concerns, and at the urging of safety officials. The event permit had been issued to a "private individual." There is another demonstration and memorial service scheduled for the same time, the city said.

The mayor, residents and Strongsville City School District students were invited to attend. Strongsville school board president David Frazee said the school district would not be at the community meeting.

"We want to settle negotiations through the normal course of the mediation process that was agreed to by both parties," Frazee said in a statement on Thursday. "Due to existing Ohio open meeting or sunshine laws, it would be considered illegal for the board to attend. Anytime three or more board members attend a community meeting to discuss school business, it is no longer a community meeting. For these reasons, we have chosen not to attend."

Also on Thursday, about 200 teachers rallied on Science Park Drive in Beachwood, just outside where one of the school board members works.

Strongsville teachers went on strike on March 4 after contract negotiations with the district failed. Since then, the two parties have met with a federal mediator, but no progress has been made.

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