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School Board Makes New Offer to Teachers; Union Counters

District offers pay raises; SEA says they're not enough

 

The Strongsville Board of Education made its first move away from its "last best offer" on Sunday, drafting a new proposal for striking teachers.

The new offer came after the district announced a tax windfall of $3.2 million in unexpected revenue.

The Strongsville Education Association has responded with a counter-offer and harsh words.

"The Board of Education still has no interest in ending the strike and returning highly qualified teachers to the classroom," an SEA news release sent out Monday afternoon says.

The School Board, which had called for a two-year freeze on step and column increases, is now offering raises of a half-step for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Column increases would stay frozen.

Teachers not eligible or at the highest step would get a one-time payment of $1,200.

"In an effort to bring the teachers back to the classroom, we have updated the proposal to the teachers union as well,” School Board President David Frazee said in a statement. “The bottom line is that this is a proposal that our school district can afford and sustain.”

The School Board's new offer also offers no reprisals for teachers' behavior before or during the strike, although it excludes "criminal proceedings or any proceedings by the Ohio Department of Education arising under the Licensure Code of Conduct for Professional Educators."

The SEA's counter-offer calls for regular step and column increases to resume, although it no longer seeks to have the step levels restored to where they would have been if they hadn't been frozen last year.

And it calls for "no interruption, suspension or freeze of any step and/or column movement in the future."

The counter-offer also seeks two payments for teachers who don't get step raises of $1,500 each.

And the SEA says there are still "differences on crucial language issues" in the two proposals. 

The SEA maintains the monetary difference between its proposal and the school board's is less than $1 million over the course of the three-year agreement.

Both sides have agreed to eliminate future raises for Voluntary Professional Growth.

To see the School District's new proposal, click here. For the SEA's, click here.

School officials announced Sunday they had learned over the last week that tax revenues were higher than anticipated and the district would receive $3.2 million over its projections.

Frazee said some of the money would go to reducing the general education and pay-to-play fees.

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Donna April 19, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Linscott is a real piece of work. It's cold and raining----so let's suspend the picketing. Unbelievable! I understand they've been picketing the place of business of one of the board members out in Beachwood. Wonder if they would do the same if the business were in Strongsville where everyone could see more of their obnoxious behavior?
Donna April 19, 2013 at 08:56 PM
CLASS ACT TEACHERS!!!!! And you wonder why you've lost all respect and credibility! Striking Strongsville teachers tried a new tactic Tuesday, sending protesters to the workplace of School Board member Carl Naso in Beachwood. Naso said about 40 union supporters, some carrying signs with his employer's phone number, walked and yelled in front of his office from about 3 to 6 p.m. "They shouted and bullied my coworkers as they went in and out of the building," Naso said. "And they shouted insults about me." But he was more upset that about 50 members of the Strongsville Education Association, which represents the striking teachers, also gathered in front of his home at the same time. "They knew I was still at work, and they still sent people to my house," Naso said. "They knew only my wife and daughter were home."
Survival of the Fittest April 20, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Unionized Labor Unions are becoming a joke in this country. They are archaic and disrupt the flow of capitalism. The SEA is just that. You teachers need to think for yourselves and stand up to this bull. Cant tell me that everyone of you argree with this, because I will tell you what..... for every one of you teachers out there... theres about 10 eqaully qualified ones that would love to have your job and appreciate it. This country forgot what it was founded on.... you dont like your conditions then guess what.. GET OUT.. plenty of people need jobs out there that would be more than happy to work.. especially in this economy. Abolish the SEA... fire those teachers and get someone in that appreciates what they have and the work they provide. For those of you that defend the teachers.. The SEA is the voice of the teachers... trust me.. the teachers can stand up and think for themselves and if enough of them stand up to this then I doubt this would be going on so long. Nobody is holding a gun to their heads saying the have to work there. If you dont like what your making or your conditions at work and you think you can do better.. then GO FIND IT! and go work there... let someone who wants to work take your spot.. otherwise stop wasting our childrens time.
William F April 21, 2013 at 08:48 PM
It's time you realize that your kids' teachers think you're a joke, David. You have no credibility with them whatsoever. Your actions, rants and agendas speak volumes, and teachers are NOT intimided by you. In ANY way.
David April 21, 2013 at 11:38 PM
William F: It took you five days to come up with that? Typical teacher response stating that the parents are the "jokes". And it's not parents that need to have credibility with teachers, it's the teachers that need to have credibility with the parents (which you definitely don't!) Let's check the score: I'm still smarter than you, well employed, and my kids are doing great. You and your band of ex-teachers are still unpaid, still don't get it, never coming back, and most importantly, couldn't be more IRRELEVANT. Get back to sending out the resumes. BTW, not sure what "intimided" means; maybe you can explain it when you come to my door asking for signatures, panhandling, or whatever you are doing door-to-door.

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