Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - For the third day in a row, negotiators for the Strongsville Education Association and the school board met Friday at the federal mediator's office in Independence.
The two sides are trying to hammer out an agreement that would end the teachers' strike in Strongsville, which is five weeks old.
Friday's talks began at 1 p.m. and stopped at 10 p.m. They'll pick up again Monday at 9 a.m., which will be the fourth consecutive weekday they've met.
On Thursday, they met for eight hours. Wednesday's meeting lasted 14 hours.
Both sides have agreed not to discuss whether progress is being made in the negotiations.
A student who spoke with NewsChannel5 Friday evening said she was "cautiously optimistic" that a settlement can be achieved.
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