Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - One month ago on Thursday, Strongsville teachers began walking the picket lines.
Not much has changed since then. Both sides met with the help of a federal mediator for 14 hours on Wednesday and again Thursday afternoon. As of 10 p.m., negotiations were still under way.
Strongsville residents never thought the strike would last this long.
"I'm surprised it's dragged out as long as it has. It's not a good sign for either side or the kids," Robert Sperna said,
Even residents who no longer have children in the Strongsville City School District are anxious for a resolution.
"It's good that the police are here. I feel bad for the kids because they have police escorts," Dana Petry said.
It's those police escorts that concern residents. Extra police means more taxpayer money being spent.
"We're paying them and it's wasting our money," Marrianne Hayden said.
Besides money concerns, parents just want their kids to be on track. They want them to graduate on time and continue planning for college.
"I'm concerned about the juniors who are looking into being accepted in college next year. This is going to harm them and their grades," Petry said.
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.