Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - Strongsville teachers went back to school Monday afternoon after an eight-week strike that ended over the weekend.
"We are thrilled beyond belief to be back," said kindergarten teacher Christine Canning.
At Zellers Elementary, where Canning teaches, teachers honked their horns as they returned to school in a caravan shortly before 2 p.m. They then paused for prayer before entering the building hand in hand.
A parent brought her two children and a nephew by to greet the teachers and bring them cards. She said she also brought cards to the substitute teachers, who moved out of the buildings Monday morning.
Students had Monday off, but will return to class on Tuesday.
"My students better buckle in," sixth-grade teacher John Lipowski said. "We're going to have a heck of an end of the year. We've got a lot of time to make up. We're going to do everything we can to do that."
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.