Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
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.
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.
A Strongsville High School Spanish teacher that crossed the picket line returned to work Tuesday to find many of her classroom belongings ruined.
Strongsville schools returned to normal Tuesday as teachers went back to their classrooms after the strike.
Strongsville teachers went back to school Monday afternoon after an eight-week strike that ended over the weekend.
The end to an eight-week-long teachers' strike in Strongsville brought about mixed emotions in the suburban-Cleveland community.