Teachers' Strike is 'Inevitable,' Strongsville School Board President Says

David Frazee says he believes a work stoppage will happen


The Strongsville School District has issued a statement about teacher negotiations in which School Board President David Frazee says he now believes "a teacher union strike is inevitable."

Frazee said in a phone interview that he had hoped negotiations would bring the two sides closer to an agreement, but "the progress we've been making has been just, well, none."

"I honestly thought we'd have an 11th-hour settlement, but I now believe teachers want a strike," he said. "They're packing up their boxes (in classrooms)."

On Tuesday, a representative of the Ohio Education Association also said it appears a strike is likely, saying board members have "dug their heels in" for a prolonged work stoppage. 

The School Board's statement, released about noon on Wednesday, says that while negotiations will continue, "the actions and negotiation tactics of the Strongsville Education Association (SEA) negotiation team as well as the menacing behavior of teachers at board member homes and the negotiation site lead us to believe that a strike is what the teachers’ union desires."

Teachers on Monday protested in front of all five school board members' homes and have also been outside some of the negotiating sessions.

The statement mentions calling police in to ensure safety during negotiations.

Frazee said such protests have prompted him to cancel a special executive session set for tonight. He said board members wanted to talk about the status of the negotiations, but attorneys representing the district told him they feared for the safety of the school board, staff and visitors.

"I was obligated to cancel the meeting," Frazee said.

The SEA issued a 10-day strike notice last week and will stop working March 4 unless a contract settlement is reached. A final negotiating session is set for Saturday morning.

Today's statement, issued by the Strongsville Board of Education:

"As a result of Monday, February 25 negotiations and teacher demonstrations, the Strongsville City Schools Board of Education Board of Education strongly believes that a teacher union strike is inevitable, according to David Frazee, board president.

“While we still have until midnight on March 3 to negotiate, the actions and negotiation tactics of the Strongsville Education Association (SEA) negotiation team as well as the menacing behavior of teachers at board member homes and the negotiation site lead us to believe that a strike is what the teachers’ union desires,” said Frazee. “The board and I are extremely disappointed with the teachers’ actions. Of course, we are still in negotiations and hope that a strike can be averted. The Board continues to negotiate in good faith. We presented a contract proposal that reflects the economic realities of these difficult fiscal times.”

It was reported that the police had to be called to ensure the safety of the Board members and negotiation team.

Strongsville City Schools have installed “pay to play” cost savings measures and reduced expenditures. Expenditures in 2009 were $74,630,680 and were reduced to $67,240,464 in 2012, a decrease of $7,390,216. If the Strongsville City Schools continued on its current path, projected deficits are $1,193,135 for 2014; $4,677,231 for 2015; and $10,863,811 for 2016.

In anticipation of a work stoppage, the Strongsville City Schools is planning for this eventuality. “All of our efforts place the safety, security and education of our students first,” said John Krupinski, school superintendent.“We will keep the community informed about meetings with our federal mediator as well as actions we are taking to prepare for a worst case scenario,” said Krupinski. “We will ensure that our schools remain open and a safe learning environment for our students with licensed teachers, who have cleared the state required background check, in place. We have already identified a significant number of substitute teachers and are putting procedures in place to help us make a smooth and orderly transition to a substitute teaching team.”

The Strongsville City Schools Board of Education seeks community input and welcomes your questions. As a part of this process, the board reminds the community to write boardofeducation@strongnet.org to connect to the school board or visit our website at www.strongnet.org."

FedUp March 01, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Since teachers are part of the private and not public sector - can they go on unemployment?
FedUp March 01, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Did the air traffic controllers have a contract in effect at the time? The teachers don't....
FedUp March 01, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Not only have they been introducing it in the classroom, they have told kids that they are going to be taught by rapists and pedifiles. Some of the elementary school teachers are telling young children that they "should be very afraid of the person who will be here on Monday." Now the high school kids who want to take offered Tri-C classes may not be able to because of next week's lockdown which will cancel the meeting. Teachers have also told the kids they don't care what the substitutes record as grades - they are going to delete them when they come back and that they are taking their grade books with them. Grow up teachers. I have no respect for you any longer! We are not excellent with distinction - we are an embarrassment to the educational system!
Tiredofit March 01, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Not taking sides, but what is this showing others about the community and the school system. To read everyone bashing one another with there comments. I my eyes it is showing future residents what the community is like and they may not want to move here.?? Also what does it show future businesses who would want to move here.?? I just believe that is way to much basing going on. It is now starting to move to the parents.
Bob S March 01, 2013 at 07:51 PM
lyn you are wrong the board is the enemy, the school will be a disaster due to the board, not willing to pay for excellent teachers, just because you are jealous you flip burgers, you get what you pay for, if you want good teachers you pay them, each scab will make almost $ 200 a day, so why don't you hate on them,
Bob S March 01, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Lyn go shove a Banana in your month , you nasty jealous burger flipper !
lyn March 01, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Fed up- As I understand it... No - they left the job. But, if the schools closed, probably. I don't know it the teachers have a strike fund that they will collect from. The union might have some provisions for striking teachers. I want to know, will the union workers, those doing the negotiating, union president and secretaries..., will they give up their pay and benefits in support of those teachers they advise to strike? After all, the teachers pay them dues, which becomes the union workers source of income from which they draw THEIR wages.
lyn March 01, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Bob S- YOU ARE DISGUSTING! There is NO place here for that kind of comment! GROW UP! Just who is full of bitterness and venom now???
lyn March 01, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Outsider- So, then you wouldn't have a problem with a group of people standing in front of several teachers homes for 90 minutes, right? As long as they stay on public space or right of way, right? And, of course the teachers have demonstrated by their doing this, that they think this is acceptable.
Mama84 March 01, 2013 at 10:06 PM
I have been reading the posts for a time. I am a parent of 2 SCS students. I am involved with the education of my children. However, I have experienced quite a bit of childish and immature behavior throughout the years with a few teachers, i.e. cussing and swearing at kids, throwing pencils at kids, and just no understanding of how young minds are. Having more education does not make you a better teacher. There are many who have chosen to homeschool their children and their kids in most cases come out far above the kids in public schools. I am not saying that we should not pay teachers well or that I am against teachers, but a reasonable pay of $40,000 to start with those benefits is pretty darn good. I wish I could make that much, and I work as hard as the next person and have a bachelor's degree. This is hard times for everyone, and we all need to work together to make things work. Honestly, if I had to do it again, I would take my children out of public school and do some homeschooling and look at private schools for high school. They do a much better job. Look at St. Ed's and St Ignatius. Go back to schools that teach the way kids learn instead of this teaching to tests and crap. I graduated in the early 80's, and our teachers were far better. They generally did not have master's degrees, but they did the job. I believe I got a better education than my children are now. There board has a right to be afraid in this day of school shootings too many crazies.
mike carr March 01, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Great more greed union head teachers need more for a job that still pays well and.you still get a summer vacation just like the kids i guess the teachers who parade outside peoples family homes must have never grown up. Anyone wants.to know.you can.easily find any teachers income ill post the sites. Trust me they are not suffering even the easier lower grades still make very good money. Buget cuts are just that things have to give and teachers low life union leaders tend.to.forget that after all they get free money for.playing games with tax payer money. Sad.
Tyson Griffey March 02, 2013 at 06:28 AM
No teacher's salary should have restrictions. As a former teacher I know the stresses and challenges of the education system. And if it wasn't for the union, teachers would be earning a minimum wage with no benefits or pension. Our public servants (teachers) have the right to make demands for their financial security and welfare. This is not a dictatorship!
Tyson Griffey March 02, 2013 at 06:43 AM
I'm on your side, ST. Jim, why doesn't the city restrict the Mayor's, Councilmen's and city workers' salaries? That would save the city a bundle.
Tyson Griffey March 02, 2013 at 06:53 AM
Bob, people are flipping burgers because that's the only job they can find in this pathetic economy. Good paying jobs keep the economy strong and insure a future of social security and medicare for the next generation.
lyn March 02, 2013 at 03:17 PM
"gary's" first post Just another name IGNORE
Tad Taderson March 02, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Justine, Get back to work...those cell phones aren't going to sell themselves at your mall kiosk.
Myron Shibley March 02, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I put this on the other thread but I love it so much i'm posting it here too http://qkme.me/3t7gw1
Myron Shibley March 02, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Hey...after you guys lose your jobs, can you list your Arts and Crafts sign/shirt making kits, glittery teddy bear sweatshirts and 55 gal "strike" fire barrel/firewood on eBay?
lyn March 02, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Board will show their proposal, and why won't the union? Because they know it is ridiculous what they are demanding and they would be laughed at by the public. Oh, and Gary is a teacher.
lyn March 02, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Gary is a teacher And how does he know what the sign said? Must have been one of the scum that went to the Board members homes. Disgusting !!
lyn March 02, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Gary is a teacher.
FedUp March 02, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Lyn - Anyone who is not part of the teacher's union who does not show up for work on Monday will be disciplined. They are not allowed to use sick time unless substantiated by a doctor - so I would say no - the only way they can support the teachers is to quit and I'm thinking that's not going to happen. The District has reprimanded several teachers already. I think they are creating a paper trail for ultimate firing lol During the strike the teachers will get strike pay. They won't receive their wages or their medical benefits while they are on strike and strike pay is not paid by the District.
FedUp March 02, 2013 at 07:50 PM
I think the teachers protesting at private homes and forming a 100 person barricade has shown much much worse. This community may never recover from this. Who in God's name would want to come to this District to teach with these kinds of people? Bottom line, whoever is guiding these teachers f'd up - as the kids would say, epic fail!
FedUp March 02, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Why are they not happy that have jobs with good and some great salaries? In this economy they should be thankful they haven't lost their jobs and that their homes are not in foreclosure. The economy has touched these people the least. They need to realize - THE WELL IS DRY!!!! I cannot afford their outrageous fees or illegally charged $60 per student 'instructional' fee - but I pull it out of my butt like many other people. They need to get over themselves and rocketship back to planet earth.
Dave P. March 02, 2013 at 08:05 PM
As a taxpaying citizen who the teachers work for, all I can say is "you're fired" goodbye you greedy union thugs
Jordan Vaughn March 02, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Lyn- Sure, why not? The teachers weren't being disrespectful, they were nearly silent from what I had heard.
tom m March 03, 2013 at 12:57 AM
LAST BEST OFFER http://www.strongnet.org/cms/lib6/OH01000884/Centricity/Domain/1/BOE.LastBestOffer.2013-03-02.pdf
What About Our Kids? March 03, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Regarding last best offer, I've had teachers contact me from other school districts who said they'd only dream about having such an offer. Enough said.
Bruce W. Lockhart March 04, 2013 at 04:41 AM
Hey Teachers. I've withheld any comment until I saw the proposals. I just reviewed them. JOIN THE REAL WORLD !!!!!!!!!! Love the disiplinary policy. FIVE STRIKES AND YOUR OUT MAYBE.
Bruce W. Lockhart March 05, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Never would I have imagined the day I would see "EDUCATORS" screaming at "EDUCATORS" and calling them scabs. I saw a teacher with a sign that read "your excellent student is due to an excellent teacher". Strange, I felt my excellent student was due to a good job of parenting. But what do I know?


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