(Strongsville) - The Strongsville teachers union has delivered a proposal to school officials that they claim could bring an end to the strike, but that proposal has been declined by the school board.
The Strongsville Education Association delivered the proposal Tuesday afternoon following a rally at the gazebo.
Photos by Colleen O'Neill/WTAM 1100
SEA President Tracy Linscott tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 that the union would be willing to have a mutually agreed upon arbitrator decide the unresolved issues after the school year is over.
Linscott says teachers would be willing to return to classes if the board agreed to binding arbitration.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Strongsville school administration issued a statement saying they will not agree to binding arbitration.
Board president David Frazee said in the statement, "We believe we have a responsibility to our community and our voters to stay the course. In binding arbitration, we would be delegating to an out-of-town third party the authority to spend Strongsville taxpayer dollars and concede management rights, which our board thinks is not appropriate and is not agreeable to us."
Frazee continued, "We have a last best offer on the table. It is fair and sustainable in terms of today's economic realities. We will continue to keep the communityinformed as the mediation process continues, but binding arbitration is not an option."
Also late Tuesday afternoon, Linscott called the Mike Trivisonno Show to say both sides will sit down with a federal mediator Wednesday morning at 9:30. It will be the first session since a 12-hour meeting in late March.
The teachers have been on strike since March 4. The teachers and district are still far apart on a variety of key issues.
Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown attended the rally Tuesday saying, “Strongsville students deserve a settlement – now. But a settlement can’t be reached if the two parties aren’t talking. That’s why I joined teachers today – who told me how they want to be back in the classroom – and why I will keep in contact with the School Board. This issue is about fairness for educators and taxpayers alike. But most importantly, this is about our children’s wellbeing and their right to a quality education, which is why both sides need to come together now.”
Replacement teachers have been instructing Strongsville School teachers in the absence of the regular teachers.
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