Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Negotiating teams in the Strongsville teachers' strike held another marathon bargaining session Wednesday, breaking their previous record.
Talks began at the federal mediator's office in Independence at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and were still under way 14 hours later. Negotiations ended at about 11:30 p.m. and will resume at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Earlier this week, the Strongsville City School District Board of Education declined the Strongsville Education Association's proposal to enter into binding arbitration.
Last week, both parties' bargaining teams met for 11 hours with no resolution.
Neither side will discuss what was talked about in the 14 hour meeting.
"Due to the sensitivities of these meetings, the parties have agreed to make no further comments regarding the status of the discussions tonight; furthermore, no further comment or update will come from either party until further meetings with FMCS," said SEA President Tracy Linscott.
The strike is now in its fifth 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.
The Strongsville Education Association and the board of education reached a tentative agreement in the strike.