Strongsville Schools 'Preparing' for Teacher Strike

Superintendent Krupinski says district has to be ready, just in case


The Strongsville school district has started taking steps to react if teachers go on strike.

"It would be irresponsible if we didn't prepare for that," Superintendent John Krupinski said.

Krupinski declined to discuss what those steps are and stopped short of saying the district is lining up substitute teachers to fill in, but said the threat of a strike is being addressed.

"Preparation is the key word," he said. "But we still want to continue to bargain, to seek an agreement."

The Strongsville Education Association, unhappy with ongoing contract negotiations, voted Friday to authorize a strike.

The vote gives the union the power to call a strike if its 350 members decide to.

On Thursday, the union will hold a press conference to talk about strike plans.

Teachers have made no secret of their displeasure with the contract talks, showing up by the hundreds to the last two school board meetings.

At the first, they stood silently; at the second, they held signs and chanted.

The teachers' union has also launched a website. After a Jan. 30 negotiating session, the SEA declared an impasse and brought in a mediator to attend future sessions. 

Krupinski said the fact that the district is getting ready to meet a strike doesn't mean he expects one.

"Hopefully, we'll move forward and continue with negotiations," he said. 

lyn February 21, 2013 at 03:30 AM
The pick up is currently 10.2%.
lyn February 21, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Did you even follow what happened in Brecksville? It got ugly there - the teachers behaved worse than what those in Strongsville have done so far.
lyn February 21, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Don't just cherry pick the high paying districts. And remember, the issue is not as much about the starting salary as it is about how fast they climb to the high end of the pay scale and what the high end is, in addition to highly subsidized benefits.
Jean Williams February 21, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Joe you are a teacher correct
lyn February 21, 2013 at 04:03 AM
If the teachers walk out from their job and strike, there is nothing to keep the district from replacing these employees who refuse to work, permanently. The last contract expired June 30, 2012 - so, there has been no contract between the teachers and the district. Refuse to work, and you have no contract, you may not have a job to return to. And, they can't collect a paycheck or unemployment when they choose to strike. Refuse to work, you don't get paid, by anybody. So, who has more to lose here? This is why the Board should let them strike if the teachers continue making outrageous demands that the district and taxpayers can NOT afford. And, yes. Jean is correct. Per the NLRB- "They retain their status as employees and cannot be discharged, but they can be replaced by their employer. If the employer has hired bona fide permanent replacements who are filling the jobs of the economic strikers when the strikers apply unconditionally to go back to work, the strikers are not entitled to reinstatement at that time."
Kim L February 21, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Strongsville Joe must have thought nobody would fact check him StrongsvilleJoe 9:11 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Public employee contracts are public record. A simple google search can yield every public contract in the state of Ohio. Here are a few districts (all with lower OGT scores) for comparison. Salaries are for 1st year teachers. N. Olmsted - $37,661 O. Falls - $36,667 Brecksville - $39,786 N. Royalton - $38,564 STRONGSVILLE - $34,778 here are the actual numbers N. Olmsted - $37,661 actual $ 29593 O. Falls - $36,667 actual $ 24968 Brecksville - $39,786 actual $ 36103 N. Royalton - $38,564 actual $ 34779 STRONGSVILLE - $34,778 not to mention a ($4800.00 pickup pickup) just because you post it does not make it true (first post ever)
lyn February 21, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Also per the NLRB- Strikers who engage in serious misconduct in the course of a strike may be refused reinstatement to their former jobs. ... Serious misconduct has been held to include, among other things, violence and threats of violence. ... Examples of serious misconduct that could cause the employees involved to lose their right to reinstatement are: - Strikers physically blocking persons from entering or leaving a struck plant. - Strikers threatening violence against nonstriking employees. - Strikers attacking management representatives.
StrongsvilleJoe February 21, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Kim, My numbers came directly from. Serb.ohio.gov. Where are your numbers coming from? Also, as to my occupation, I have absolutely no stake in these negotiations other than children in the district. I come from a family of math and science teachers and am well aware of the work and abilities required to be a teacher. As a recent move in to the community, a large part of my choosing Strongsville had to do with the schools. Knowing that they offer classes like Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, and numerous AP classes at the high school was a huge draw. These thpes of classes require an immense amount of knowledge. Personally I'd like high quality people teaching these classes. To attract quality candidates, one must pay them well. Simple as that. I've always viewed education as a "get what you pay for" deal in life. I am willing to pay the taxes if my kid is going to come out of HS with a great education and a year of college credit under their belt. Sadly, when I moved in 3 years ago, a few long time residents told me that we're becoming the next Parma. After reading these boards and seeing how you value the people that educate your children, I have to say I agree with them.
fedupwithschools February 21, 2013 at 05:20 PM
To all of you posting supporting the community and the school board please come to tonights meeting at the Hight School 7pm if possible and show this same support for the Board. They have finally taken a hard line that has been deparately needed for years. The teachers need to see that the board has support also. I will be there with my sign and show of support. I am tired of the "hollywood showboating" and whining by the SEA.
nick February 21, 2013 at 05:36 PM
The pay the school board receives is trivial to begin with. Something along the lines of $2000-$2500 per year. For the amount of time and effort they put in to their job, they deserve more. The teachers however- cut them off.
nick February 21, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I follow the schools closely and have never heard them say such a ludicrous statement. The majority of the levies expire over a certain amount of years, which varies from levy to levy. There is no way they would be able to continue without asking for another levy. Maybe you misunderstood when they say building the new schools would cut cost and ultimately decrease the amount of levies they would need to ask for in the future.
nick February 21, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Fedup- I wish I could go tonight to support the school board, the administration, and all those taking part on the negotiation team. Teachers must realize that we do need to pay them well to keep the best of the best, but that there is also only so much money to go around. They are compensated more than enough....What ultimately needs to happen is a complete overhaul of the funding of schools in Ohio. Not only is it illegal, but it is also clearly a broken system.
nick February 21, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Lyn- I sure hope chanting at the last meeting is enough to be considered an attack on management! Cant wait to see what these hoodlums that are supposed to be educating our children bring tonight....
lyn February 21, 2013 at 07:04 PM
I read the following comment on a new site that was started, strongsville.com What will be interesting is that March 7th is conference day at the High School, it's also PSEOP's Mandatory meeting day for those students wanted to attend Post Secondary courses through colleges. It's also one week before 10th grade Ohio Graduation Tests are to be started; currently scheduled to start on March 11, 2013. I also heard that it's against the law to strike during state mandated required tests and that teacher's were already told they would be fired for doing so. Anyone????
A Voice February 22, 2013 at 02:11 AM
As a student, I personally find this strike to be somewhat unfair, due to the fact that both the Strongsville teachers and board are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Taking all facts into opinion, I find it unfair to not only students, but the tax payers of Strongsville in the case of the teachers going on strike. When someone decides to be a teacher, they decided that they wanted to teach students, and help the future of our country, in good times and in bad. Also, it seems as though the union is not fully grasping what economic times we are in. There are other great teachers out there who would snatch up a deal that the board is making in less than a minute (slightly exaggerated of coarse). I want the same chance at a good future that my student predecessors had. If the teachers go on strike, the only thing we will lose is precious class time which will never be able to be recovered, no matter how hard one tries. There are more things valuable than money in this world. I think it is time we had a Strongsville Enlightenment.
Michael February 22, 2013 at 04:18 AM
All the more reason that unions need to go. Why should an employee have any right to do anything but show up to work and do the job they were hired to do for the pay/ benefits that are being offered. If its not enough go somewhere else!! I have yet to meet the irreplaceable employee. A guy just told me that out of over 300 high schools in Ohio the Strongsville teachers are the highest compensated in the entire state
James Murphy February 22, 2013 at 04:22 AM
rich this public teacher union need to go private unions give you the universal work and safety rules in place at all union and non union companies today
tom m February 22, 2013 at 04:27 AM
http://www.buckeyeinstitute.org/teacher-salary ...rich all teachers salary in ohio
James Murphy February 22, 2013 at 04:45 AM
your parent have taught you well
Ron Schroth February 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM
When your property value drops because the school district sucks you will not be saying that. Bash teachers.....common theme created by politicians to say what is wrong. Yell at them not hard working taxpaying teachers.
Shelly M. February 22, 2013 at 03:08 PM
It's time to bust up all unions. Unions were started for early century FACTORY workers working 8 days a week! There are *THOUSANDS* of ready and waiting teaching graduates who would LOVE to take those jobs for HALF the pay! Watch out tired, sluggish teachers. It's sounds REDUNDENT, but you're lucky to have a job in this economy....I mean, "new reality".
James Murphy February 22, 2013 at 08:56 PM
ATTENTION TAXPAYERS this was posted earlier A strongsville teacher who admitted being at school during their "sceduled planning time" managed to find the time to post 14 different comments during the next 1 1/2 hours when confronted about it this teacher replied "the little extra time I find to do as I please is my right to do so" so this teacher think 1 1/2 hours is just a little free time which if I am not mistaken they are asking for "MORE PLANNING TIME DURING THE DAY" this was the first and last post times with 12 post in between all being paid for by us SVille Teacher 12:12 pm on Friday, February 22, 2013 Hi Jean: SVille Teacher 1:27 pm on Friday, February 22, 2013 Hi Steve,
James Murphy February 22, 2013 at 08:58 PM
nobody could get in teachers and teachers families packed it to capacity allowing their chosen few to speak
lyn February 22, 2013 at 09:32 PM
I'm surprised they could find the time to go to any meetings - after all they work until the wee hours of the morning, don't they? Especially if they spend their lunch and free periods on the Patch.
FedUp February 25, 2013 at 02:05 PM
The community needs to call the Superintendant's office and leave that message - I did!
FedUp February 25, 2013 at 02:07 PM
The problem is - the teachers already claim their pay has been frozen for years - very untrue.
FedUp February 25, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Since they are not under any contract at the moment -- they can fire them for any number of valid reasons...and Ohio is a hire/fire at will state.
FedUp February 25, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Does this apply to employees who are under contract?
FedUp February 25, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Amen Nick!!!
FedUp February 25, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Unfortunately I heard several times from a high school educator right here in Strongsville that it is disgusting how many times a day she hears from other teachers how much they hate their jobs but they keep doing it because of the $$$ and the benefits...hearing that from an tenured educator makes me sick!


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