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300 Strongsville Teachers Swarm School Board Meeting: Updated

Union sends an apparent message of solidarity, expresses frustration over contract talks

 

An estimated 300 Strongsville teachers made an organized appearance at a School Board meeting Thursday night to send an apparent message of solidarity in the midst of contract talks.

None spoke during the meeting, and all of the teachers approached afterward refused to answer any questions.

The group gathered in the parking lot at Strongsville High School and waited until the board meeting had been under way for about five minutes, then entered in a long line.

They stood in the back of the meeting room for about 20 minutes, then filed out around 7:25 p.m., five minutes before the meeting ended.

The school board continued its regular business without interruption.

Tracy Linscott, president of the Strongsville Education Association, said in an email that the teachers attended the meeting "in order to demonstrate our frustration with the lack of progress in negotiations."

Superintendent John Krupinski said after the meeting the district has had about four meetings with the teachers' union since the school year started.

"I think the last meeting we had (Jan. 9) was productive," Krupinski said. "We had a very positive meeting."

More contract talks are slated for this month -- tentatively Jan. 28 -- and in February, he said.

The last round of teacher contract negotiations lasted nine months and ended with a two-year deal that included a salary freeze and no step pay increases for the 2011-12 school year.

That deal, finalized in March 2011, saved the district about $2 million, officials said. It also called for teachers to take on extra duties during the school day and to contribute more to their health insurance costs.

The contract was retroactive to Aug. 1, 2010 and expired June 30, 2012.

During those talks, teachers made at least one similar organized appearance at a meeting.

Krupinski said the district is now in a better financial situation in some ways, but is still facing fiscal uncertainty.

"We're certainly not rich," he said. "We do have deficits (projected) in outlying years."

The district made significant budget reductions in 2011, but voter approval of a 6-mill renewal levy in March 2012 thwarted deeper cuts to busing, athletics and other programs.

The district has been able to stop taking cash advances to meet its monthly expenses.

But Krupinski said revenue is still declining and the impact of the state's new funding formula is unknown.

He called contract negotiations "a process" and indicated the show of solidarity would not impact the administration's position on the talks in either direction.

"They (teachers) have every right to come to an open meeting," he said.

Buster Chops February 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Lyn, A long time ago possessives were added to the English language. Some of them are formed by adding 's to some singular words, ' to some plural words, and no apostrophe at all to some pronouns. The details can be quite confusing since all of these can be possessive determiners, my, mine, his, hers, theirs, ours, its, etc. I notice that either you are ignorant of such rules, or else you own an e.e. cummings autograph model keyboard. So pick one - teachers, teacher's, teachers' - but only one is right in any given thought. Your lack of education erodes any logical argument you attempt to assemble.
lyn February 11, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Buster- WOW- Full of personal attacks, aren't you? But, on topic, I saw no comments disputing or arguing the opinions or facts from me or others. I will respond to your question, though. You said: "Please find where I said I will not get Social Security. I simply stated that I will never get everything that I have contributed." HERE: "During that time I have been paying Social Security taxes that I will never collect because of my state retirement." - above, 11:23 am on Sunday, January 27, 2013
lyn February 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Buster - WOW - Full of personal attacks, aren't you? But, on topic, I saw no comments disputing or arguing the opinions or facts from me or others. I will respond to your question, though. You said: "Please find where I said I will not get Social Security. I simply stated that I will never get everything that I have contributed. You really are quite a failure of the education system." HERE: "During that time I have been paying Social Security taxes that I will never collect because of my state retirement." - above, 11:23 am on Sunday, January 27, 2013
T Jefferson February 17, 2013 at 03:33 PM
People – can I make a suggestion here? Time and time again we hear someone say that all of the postings (reply trails to a specific posting) from so-and-so have been deleted when she/he pulled their original post. Unfortunately, there was a lot of good discussion associated with that “train of thought” but, because the person pulled it, all of the trails that were attached to that posting are deleted as well. The other problem is that these posting trails are becoming so long, in order to keep up with what is current; one has to review/scan the entire listing to see what is new off of the original posts. My proposal – everybody post every post in the reply box at the end of the article so that none of the postings will be deleted, and, it will be easier to follow. All you have to do is look up where you left off from before. If somebody wants to delete their post, let them. It will not disrupt or delete the train of discussions that will be in chronological order. I can see where someone could set up a posting hoping that everyone replies to it, just so that they can delete their posting and effectively remove the content of the other postings. (Good tactic to remove the anti-union or pro-union posting information).
lyn February 17, 2013 at 03:36 PM
T Jefferson - Good idea

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