Community reaction mixed regarding end of Strongsville teachers' strike

Some parents feel healing will take time

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - The end of the eight-week Strongsville teachers' strike was on the minds of students, parents and city officials Sunday.

Caroline Kennat has three children in the Strongsville school system.

"We're really, really happy," said Kennat. "We do need our teachers back. We feel that we've got excellent teachers here in the school system and we're very pleased it's over and we can move forward."

While all involved were happy the strike is over, some parents had mixed feelings about teachers returning to the classroom Tuesday.

Some parents said there are still hurt feelings that will take time to heal. Some are also concerned about their children having to go through another transition period when the regular teachers return.

Some students said they grew to like their substitute teachers and will miss them.

Zellers Elementary School sixth-grader Richie Roskoph was excited to be reunited with his regular teachers.

"My teacher was really good," said Roskoph. "We weren't learning as much and now I hope we can get back on our normal schedule and learn more."

Strongsville city officials were relieved the sidewalks outside the school board building on Pearl Road will now be 'picket sign' free.

"I'm thrilled. I'm relieved," said Strongsville Mayor Tom Perciak. "I can't find enough words to express my appreciation to all the parties for coming back to the table and bringing our teachers back to the classroom."

Perciak said local churches of all denominations in Strongsville are working with the city to plan a healing service for all sides involved in the eight-week strike to help begin the healing process.

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