Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - Just two weeks before the Strongsville teachers voted to strike, the district's treasurer painted a bleak financial picture for the schools over the next three years.
According to Strongsville Schools Treasurer Deborah Hermann, the Strongsville school district is projecting a $1.1 million budget deficit next year, and $4.6 million deficit by 2016.
To avoid the crisis, the Strongsville City School District may consider a November levy.
The district released a preliminary five-year forecast on Feb. 11, just 10 days before a no confidence vote by Strongsville teachers was made to the school board.
Those financial figures, according to Hermann, were requested by the Strongsville Education Association (SEA).
A levy would supply the district with an additional $2.4 million in fiscal year 2014 and $4.9 million for 2015.
But would voters even consider passing a levy in November? They've turned down three of the last four levies.
The district's disagreement is over a proposed contract that would switch retirement contributions to a percent of base pay, increase the cost of healthcare benefits and conduct layoffs based on performance.
That compares to the previous 2010-2012 contract that included a pay freeze, 10 percent increase in healthcare premiums and reduction of teacher prep periods.
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As for the recommended levy, the school district has until Aug. 1 to determine whether or not it will be on the ballot. It's something that is only a recommendation.
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.