Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - If the Strongsville teachers' strike goes on for a long time it could affect student accomplishments, according to a Kent State University professor.
Joffrey Jones, PhD said the research is not extensive on specifically how teachers' strikes affect student achievement.
"There's more compelling research that would suggest frequency or duration of student absence from school or teacher absence from school can affect student achievement negatively," he said. "So it may stand to reason that if the strike goes on for a long period of time, it will affect student achievement."
The Strongsville Education Association has been walking the picket lines in a strike that began Monday.
Jones remembers how it felt when he was on strike as a young English teacher in Parma in 1976.
"I certainly was not happy that we were on strike," Jones said. "That is a very difficult time for everyone involved and I would prefer to have been with my students than on the picket line."
Since the 1976 Parma strike was in September, school was just starting so there was no huge break in the school year. However, things could be different when students have substitute teachers for extended periods of time.
"They have different learning environments, different instructional approaches, different relationships with substitute teachers. It just stands to reason when a regular teacher is not present it would affect student achievement negatively," Jones said.
All preschools, elementary schools and the high school were closed Monday in Strongsville after a bomb threat.
The principal of Chapman Elementary School in Strongsville is asking the community to be on the lookout for vandals who've been targeting the school and destroying property.
Families in Strongsville are hoping the fresh start of a new school year will remove the bitter taste from a teachers' strike that divided the community last spring.
The president of the Cleveland Teachers Union is suing the Strongsville City Schools Board of Education for information about teachers and subs who taught during the Strongsville teachers' strike.
Declining enrollment is cause for cutting teaching positions, according to Strongsville school officials.
A Strongsville High School Spanish teacher that crossed the picket line returned to work Tuesday to find many of her classroom belongings ruined.
Strongsville schools returned to normal Tuesday as teachers went back to their classrooms after the strike.
Strongsville teachers went back to school Monday afternoon after an eight-week strike that ended over the weekend.
The end to an eight-week-long teachers' strike in Strongsville brought about mixed emotions in the suburban-Cleveland community.