Strongsville sup't apologizes for chaotic first day of strike; safety officials say Tuesday smoother

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - After what some parents and students described as a "chaotic and confusing" first day of the Strongsville teachers' strike, day two of the picketing went smoother, according to safety officials.

Strongsville fire prevention inspectors toured each school Tuesday to make sure classroom sizes were being kept at safe levels. Substitute teachers were briefed on safety steps and where all exits are located.

Officials said some classrooms were doubled on Monday, but that wasn't the case Tuesday.

"They (schools) were a bit understaffed Monday, but that was rectified today," said Strongsville Fire Chief Jeff Branic.

"I've apologized to anyone. We had preparations, we had a plan. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. We are adding substitutes. It's much improved," said John Krupinski, Superintendent of Strongsville Public Schools.

Krupinski said students had to be moved to the high school's auditorium Monday because there weren't enough substitute teachers in the crowded classrooms. Add to it more students showed up on the first day of the teachers' strike than expected.

On Tuesday, 10-12 substitute teachers were added to the high school.

Meanwhile, police are now stationed at the entrance of every public school in Strongsville as a safety step to ease traffic congestion at entrances and exits.

Police are investigating a report of a parent who said a teacher slammed her hand on the hood of her car while she dropped her child off at Kinsner Elementary School. However, the teacher, who was not hurt, told police the car grazed her. Police said no one has been cited and the investigation continues.

One official told NewsChannel5 the schools expected about 40 percent of students to show up Monday, but 75 percent attended classes.

It's unclear how long the strike could last.

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