Strongsville teachers and board swap proposals, less than $1million separate them

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - The president of the Strongsville Education Association said Monday the latest contract proposal from the school board doesn't meet the needs of the membership.

The board made what it calls an enhanced offer based upon $3.2 million in unexpected revenue from tax collections.

"We have offered a proposal that provides the teachers with a half-step increase for each of two years or a one-time cash payment of $1,200 depending on their position," said school board president David Frazee in a news release.     

Steps are salary increases based on experience. 

However, union president Tracy Linscott said the offer isn't much different than the last best offer to teachers.

"We'll have discussions about what they (teachers) think is appropriate and if it meets the needs of our membership, then it will be a contract. But at this point it is not meeting the needs of the membership," Linscott said.

The union offered a counterproposal, which Linscott said is less than $1million different from the board's. However in addition to money issues, she said there is language that remains unresolved such as class size and a no reprisals clause.   

Superintendent John Krupinski was unavailable for comment Monday.

The teachers' strike is now in its seventh week.

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