Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - The end to an eight-week-long teachers' strike in Strongsville brought about mixed emotions in the suburban-Cleveland community.
"It's relieving," said Bo Buceaschi, a Strongsville parent. "It's nice to drive by the schools and not see people protesting."
"It's going to be nice to have them (teachers) back," said Stefani Shamrowicz, a Strongsville student.
"They (teachers) are a disgrace to the profession as far as I'm concerned," said Dorothy Ziebro, a former Strongsville resident.
Strongsville teachers and the board of education approved a new contract over the weekend, which includes a boost in teachers' salaries, but a hefty hike in health insurance. Teachers will now pay double for those benefits.
"I'm glad it's over but it seems too late," said Eric Richardson, a senior at Strongsville High School.
Richardson said he felt so far behind in his studies that he's opted not to take his advanced placement physics test, which means he'll miss out on college credit.
"Ultimately, it's the kids that lose out in all of this, and they're forgotten," said James Durkalski, a Strongsville resident who's married to a local teacher.
Durkalski said he blames both sides for a strike that's divided the community and impacted the students.
Students did not attend school Monday while substitutes moved their belongings out and teachers moved back in.
Residents said they're eager to get back to work, move forward and begin to heal from a bitter fight.
"It's going to take a lot of dedication from the teachers, and these teachers love our kids, so they're going to do our best," said Jennifer Zoul, a Strongsville parent.
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.