Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - The Strongsville City Schools Board of Education and Strongsville Education Association will meet once again with a federal mediator Sunday in Independence.
The teachers have been on strike since March 4.
There was hope that the two sides were close to a deal after several days of marathon meetings with a mediator last week, but they failed to reach an agreement.
Many residents of Strongsville share the same opinion on the matter – they just want the strike to end. "I think people here are ready for this to be over with, myself included. I feel bad for everyone involved the teachers, the administration and the children. I hope it will be resolved very quickly," said Strongsville resident Pat Overbaugh last week.
Since the start of the strike, there have been eight meetings with the federal mediator, and the six meetings with the negotiation teams present.
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.