Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - The president of the Strongsville Education Association delivered a counter-proposal to the board of education Friday afternoon.
The teachers' union and the Strongsville City Schools Board of Education failed to reach a deal earlier this month that would have avoided a strike. Instead, Friday marks the end of week 3.
SEA President Tracy Linscott carried an envelope with "SEA Counter Proposal March 22" written on it in black marker among a sea of about 200 teachers. Linscott said they are simply there to deliver a new proposal, but she was not allowed in the building.
"They're not allowing me in. Shame on them," Linscott said to the chanting union members. Then moments later, a security guard allowed Linscott to deliver the proposal to the district superintendent.
"John took it. Good for John. He didn't say he'd read it, but he did take it personally," Linscott said of superintendent John Krupinski when she walked back outside.
"I have accepted it from Mrs. Linscott, SEA president. I have not reviewed it in total so I can't comment on the totality of it. But we certainly will review it closely," Krupinski told NewsChannel5's Deb Lee.
Numerous police and security officers were also at the scene, which NewsChannel5's Paul Kiska described the situation as tense.
The SEA said in a news release that the new offer contains more than $300,000 in proposed savings, including concessions on insurance benefits.
The SEA bargaining team met with Strongsville Mayor Thomas Perciak at his invitation Friday morning. The school district refused to attend the meeting because it was not an official negotiation with the federal mediator.
Also on Friday, Strongsville High School students held a brief walkout. The student organizer of the protest said it was not in favor of the teachers or the school board, but a sign of unity.
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.