No deal between Strongsville teachers, district in strike after 7-hour talks

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - There is still no deal in the Strongsville teachers' strike as the situation nears the end of its fifth week.

On Thursday, the Strongsville Education Association and the Strongsville City School District negotiated for more than seven hours with a federal mediator in Independence. No agreement was reached.

At the end of the session, SEA President Tracy Linscott said the two sides will get together again on Friday at 1 p.m.

There was a 14-hour meeting on Wednesday. Also earlier this week, the SEA offered to enter binding arbitration, but the district declined.

The 383-member teachers' union hit the picket lines on March 4 after days of contract negotiations with the district failed.

It's possible some students may walk out of school again Friday because of the strike. Students staged a walk out two weeks ago and indicated they would again. Last week, the district was on spring break.

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