Student Trip May Be Canceled Due to Strongsville Teachers Strike

Schools can't sanction high school visit to New York


Travel plans for the Art and Science New York City Tour trip for Strongsville High School students are no longer sponsored or sanctioned by the school district due to the ongoing teachers strike, Superintendent John Krupinski said.

“Since trip chaperones and advisors are primarily teachers’ union or Strongsville Educations Association (SEA) members, the art and science trip intended for April 18 to 21 of this year is no longer sanctioned, sponsored or supported by Strongsville City Schools,” Krupinski said in a news release. 

In March, the district canceled sponsorship of two other trips -- a  March 22-29 and a String and Freshman Orchestras trip to Chicago March 23-23 for a performance -- for the same reason.

Krupinski said the trips were approved by the School Board with the understanding teachers would chaperone.

"We can't support a trip that isn't appropriately supervised," he said in March.

However, he said parents can still step forward and take over the New York trip.

“Families that decide to arrange their own itineraries for this location should continue in keeping with guidelines for excused student absences, however Strongsville City Schools can no longer assume any responsibility and liability associated with this trip,” Krupinski said.

Huffmaster Plant April 16, 2013 at 05:35 PM
So David, you lost me, who do you think is greedy, the teachers or the parents? (its the teachers by the way)
Huffmaster Plant April 16, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I think they have to have it, they are required to have one every 60 days (I think its 60) and they only have a few days left to do that.
Huffmaster Plant April 16, 2013 at 05:40 PM
joe strong, by "plenty" do you mean the 21% that support the teachers? because I'd say there are "plenty more" that want the teachers to go away
j. buggernose is back April 16, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Here's an interesting question. IF the old teachers come back to the classroom what happens the first time my daughter gets a grade she doesn't agree with? Does she calmly discuss it with the "teacher" or does she walk up and down the hall carrying a sign and blowing a wistle? Does she explain her points to the "teacher" and request that he look at it again or does she just go to his house and harass his wife and kids. What happens when he gives in a little to get the whiny little twerp to quiet down? Does she continue her tirade until she gets the grade she thinks she deserves because she worked hard and has a masters degree? If she does any of these childish things how can the "teacher" do anything but give into her and commend her for exercising her rights as a citizen?
David April 16, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Sorry Huffmaster: I was in "sarcasm mode".
joe strong April 16, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Such morons!!
TwitterSucks April 16, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Tracy is still finding new ways to legally screw the students of this district.
TwitterSucks April 16, 2013 at 06:25 PM
I vote to give her a sign and a whistle.
TwitterSucks April 16, 2013 at 06:27 PM
None bigger than the teachers who listened to the evil dark Lord of the Sith herself to lose almost 2 months pay. They will still end up with nothing and take years to recover their losses.
Huffmaster Plant April 16, 2013 at 06:31 PM
lol, I guess I'm a little slow
Peggy April 16, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I'll make the sign for her, and buy the whistle!
Huffmaster Plant April 16, 2013 at 06:37 PM
I think she should also stand outside the classroom and scream in the face of kids who were willing to study more when she wasn't. Make sure they know they are pieces of s**t.
Huffmaster Plant April 16, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I agree joe strong. You're talking about the teachers right?
David April 16, 2013 at 06:42 PM
I'd strike for all "A"s. Teachers are teaching them that the ends justify the means.
David April 16, 2013 at 06:45 PM
It looks like Joe is definitely ready for his shift to be up. Who's got the 2:30 to 3:30 shift? HELP!!
Capitalism Works April 16, 2013 at 07:01 PM
We get to vote on the board soon enough. Bet they stay:-)
SvilleRes April 16, 2013 at 07:02 PM
There's an article up above that says they promise not to be disruptive. I'm sure that's because they have another failed PR trick up their sleeve, like the hint from a poster above about disruptive "parents."
Huntington Caldwell IV April 16, 2013 at 07:04 PM
There may be a handful of vocal parents who support the malcontent teachers at the BOE meeting, but the BOE is well aware of the will of the vast majority of residents. The teacher rosters at SCS in 2013-2014 will look as different versus 2012-3/4/2013 as the Browns rosters have looked from year to year during the Lerner era!
SvilleRes April 16, 2013 at 07:31 PM
The protesting daughter scenario above is actually a very important point that needs to be considered further. Teachers often complain about kids today being spoiled, undisciplined, etc. This is a big gripe about why their job is so hard today, because of parents today, blah bah blah. However, these striking teachers purposely and while knowing exactly what they were doing at the time, took advantage of these very same kids by encouraging them to be unruly in class with their subs, walk out, picket with them, etc., thereby teaching them to defy their parents, subs, the administration and authority as a whole by breaking the truancy law. But, teachers by definition have the greatest influence and set the greatest example on kids when it comes to their behavior, in school at the very least, as they are always teaching them manners and how to behave from kindergarten. So, these very ADULT role models have now taught them that defying authority is perfectly acceptable, and these very same people surely have no room to complain when they no longer have control of their classroom and their job is even harder than it was before (which they make it sound like they already couldn't handle.)
SvilleRes April 16, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Additionally, over and over during the strike we have heard from the teachers how important the kids' opinion/voice is. Well, game on then. If the kids are mature enough to be at the grown up table while discussing a budget of millions of tax dollars when they aren't even a taxpayer, then surely they are mature enough to be at the grown up table to have a say in anything and everything that relates to them! Teachers thought it was bad before with parents automatically believing their child first and giving their kid too much of a voice? Ha! You ain't seen nothin' yet! Congratulations on making your jobs 100 times harder, and earning yourselves zero support in all those daily battles of he said/she said! Even the good, supportive parents you had will now give their kids the power that you chose to give them during this strike. I wonder if you all realize the depth of this failed PR scheme of using the kids!
lyn April 16, 2013 at 07:38 PM
The kids should be given copies of the strikers manuals on steps to follow to get that "A" she thinks she deserves and is entitled to!
lyn April 16, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Have you noticed that those pro-teacher posters on here sound very immature , because they ARE immature and just kids? Saying we love our teachers, people forget these are the ones others once liked, repeating the nonsense the teachers have put out, preaching togetherness that only a naive youth would have,... But, when asked for specifics, they can't answer. It is not only because they can't think for themselves, but because they just don't know. So they change names on here.
TwitterSucks April 16, 2013 at 07:55 PM
In the past I have pretty much taken the teacher's word for school discipline. In the future, I want a hearing between the principal, the teacher, and my attorney before I accept any such discipline from a teacher, especially if it is for being disruptive or bullying, because I am not sure they know what that means. And of course, I want to negotiate any such penalty if the parties all agree there should be one at all.
SvilleRes April 16, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Exactly my point Twitter! Now, stepping back a minute, some would argue that you're harming your kid in the process. But, the problem becomes a trust issue, honestly. We have seen first hand how catty, manipulative and unprofessional these people have been. We have seen repeated complete lack of judgment. I would have a hard time taking them at their word when it comes to disciplinary issues. They thought it was cute and funny when they empowered the kids at the beginning of the strike. Well, I don't think they realize the monster they created. As a parent, I recognize kids are manipulative generally, for personal gain. So, the parents job in getting to the truth will be that much harder as well.
SvilleRes April 16, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Yeah, I have noticed that, lyn. The good news is that the students that support the teachers are actually in the minority to my understanding and most are actually angry with them. How could they not be, when you have right of passage things canceled, like 6th grade camp, or even the milestone posted above about the gymnastics team?
Terry B. April 16, 2013 at 08:35 PM
In case anyone cares, the SHS orchestra to Chicago over spring break went off without a hitch, thanks to the efforts parent chaperones and the tour company involved.
MS April 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM
If the teachers are striking for the benefits of the students why are you out on the picket lines yelling and acting like idiots?? We all have lost wages, higher insurance premiums and higher costs of everything, are the teachers going to give to us too? We are told at our job, be happy you are working and have health insurance, and I pay more every year. Why can't they? Strongsville Mom
Mustang Lover April 17, 2013 at 01:18 AM
PK well, didn't the BOE take the time finally to sit down and talk and resolve some issues and made a new offer... Then the teachers said hey... This is not good enough... Ok maybe not The teachers, but their Spokesperson did. Not enough money.... They said it was not about the Monet... But now it is? What is up with that?
Bob Bauman April 17, 2013 at 01:46 AM
I have a great feeling that this strike is being watched by all other districts in the area; IE Berea, North Royalton, etc. This will set the tone for what each will be able to get away with soon when those contracts are up. I'm sorry but I haven't got a cost of living raise in four years. Taxes are up as I've just paid my RITA taxes and have seen that increase. Ouch!! Prices up all over, insurance premiums higher now. Again, sorry, I can't nor can any other resident of Strongsville give teachers raises or pay their eye, dental, and retirement funds. From what I read, it's about the money. I'm afraid Ms. Lynscott, the bluff has been called. A one week strike you may have hoped for way back in March was gone long ago. That extra money that's now magically appearing needs to go to parents so we don't have to pay school fees or pay to play!!!!! I thank the Strongsville teachers for working hard and giving the students a good education. The BOE needs to stand for the parents and be fiscally responsible. They will be ousted if funds are misspent. The State of Ohio watches that also. I for one don't want to see our school district in the hands of the state. Stay strong BOE. Parents are watching!!!
Jabba Da LinsLob April 17, 2013 at 02:56 AM
It's all about the kids.


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