Teachers Take Protest to Board Members' Homes

Groups gather in front of Strongsville school leaders' houses


Strongsville teachers protested in front of School Board members homes' Monday night as union leaders and administrators met to continue contract talks.

Board member Carl Naso said about 20 teachers gathered in front of his house for more than an hour, holding signs and candles.

"One guy was holding a tombstone, but I don't know what it said," Naso said.

Board member Ruth Brickley said she believes only eight or nine teachers were in front of her house. They stayed about 90 minutes before leaving shortly before 8 p.m.

There were protests in front of all five board members' houses.

The Strongsville Education Association filed a 10-day strike notice last week and plan to stop working March 4 unless a contract agreement is reached.

Teachers have protested at the last three school board meetings, and last week took a vote of no conficence in the School Board.

The School Board, meanwhile, has challenged the SEA to go public with contract demands and said the school district would also make its offer public.

The board is also gearing for a strike, hiring substitute teachers and passing a resolution that says non-union employees face disciplinary action or dismissal if they fail to report for work during a strike.



James Murphy February 27, 2013 at 04:01 AM
MICHELLE you got that right I do not think anyone saw this coming in such a large magnitude
Jean Williams February 27, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Myron you want to go on a ultra liberal, big union, pro teacher, plain dealer, website and post anything that contains facts and wonder why they vanish The trick with posting on cleveland.com is to never use any words over two syllables
Avery February 27, 2013 at 05:40 AM
While I can't say I agree with all their actions, these teachers have made a world of difference in my life so I cant help but support them on this one. I don't think I could have received the same level of education from any other high school. Its about time these teachers got payed what they deserve.
lyn February 27, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Pam / Been there- What's wrong,no comeback on that no alcohol issue now that I totally disproved what you were saying by giving the facts you asked for -that being, the actual boards proposal that you entirely lied about? So, now you want to try again? Game on- The Board never signed that stupid contract that turd drew up - that any sixth grader could have written. I'll give you it was a good PR move to try and discredit the Board, but it was nothing more than that - and it backfired when you tried to present it when you invaded their privacy by going to the Board members homes with it - idiots you were, and setting that example for your students to throw a tantrum if you don't get your way. That stunt didn't get the contract done - it was the natural progression of negotiating - especially after having the levy renewal passed, regardless of what you say about it not having any effect. If it had not been renewed, you would not have gotten what you received. Boy, you are so bitter - you have to come over here to still gripe about your contract that was settled 6 months ago. Maybe you need to let it go. Why don't you try and be happy with what you got instead of going on other city's Patch to keep your districts 6 month old settled contract problems alive. No wonder Brecksville can't heal with people like you carrying this around -move on. I'm so glad there were no teachers like you when I was there -I can say I had great teachers, and had one of the very best.
lyn February 27, 2013 at 05:53 AM
That English teacher has since passed, but will be loved and admired and remembered by so many students - especially as they write. I can't tell you how often I will even be writing a stupid little comment and know that I'm committing an error - and I just feel her sitting on my shoulder shaking her head in disgust over what seemed a small infraction. But, I doubt those classrooms have anyone of her caliber, especially after witnessing the teachers behavior last summer. She was such a dignified lady - not like the thugs I saw months ago. Shame on you and what you did to a once great school.
Jean Williams February 27, 2013 at 05:53 AM
avery how much more do you think they should get paid per year more ??? 5000 10,000 15,000 please it is an honest question can you give an honest answer ??? plus strongsville high school is ranked 83rd in the state so do you find that number stellar
Jean Williams February 27, 2013 at 05:55 AM
I agree
lyn February 27, 2013 at 05:57 AM
Avery- This time, it doesn't even matter if they deserve it - NO MORE MONEY. Maybe you could have a few car washes and bake sales for them, how about that. A few benefits for the poor teachers - what a joke that would be.
lyn February 27, 2013 at 06:01 AM
Jean- I like the idea someone had about signs saying "we're #83" But they need to add, "but we wanted to be the 3rd highest paid - we deserve it!" Or second if that is what it would be.
lyn February 27, 2013 at 03:09 PM
The district has provided many answers to our questions online: http://www.strongnet.org/cms/lib6/OH01000884/Centricity/Domain/1/Questions%20and%20Answers.pdf
Dave February 27, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Bob are you kidding me. It's not the teachers as much as it is the students and parents. My son is in the HS, in all AP & honors classes, he brought home a recording of one of his teachers a couple of months ago. This teacher, teaching an AP class, had absolutely no understanding of the material, could not explain the information, kept contridicting himself, and could not answer the students questions. The result was several students confussed, and not understanding the material! This is just one example of the many I could bring to the public, as I have put 2 kids through Strongsville schools over the past 16 years!
Dave February 27, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Agreed, this is immature, classless, and really shows you the message the teachers are spreading, about not wanting to strike, and loving their students is total BS!
Tina Lewis Kozarik February 27, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Don't buy into the untruths & propaganda being disseminated to our children in the classrooms. The district has set up a webpage with lots of great information to answer most, if not all, of your questions. http://www.strongnet.org/negotiationnews
lyn February 27, 2013 at 04:42 PM
If anyone wants to check out that webpage and info that Tracy and Tina provided in the future, you can find it easily by just going to the Strongsville schools home page and find "negotiation news" there - just click on it and there you are!
Nikki February 27, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Nikki My husband and I have been fortunate enough through these economically rough times to both still have our jobs. We too have suffered years without pay increases, an increase to our health care and the horror of watching our friends get let go while we absorb their work load (if I run out of time during my "work hours" I stay late, that is how it works). But we are aware enough to count ourselves lucky because we are part of the minority... we both still have our jobs. It must be nice to know that no matter how poorly you do your job, you will still have one. I would freeze my salary right now if I could have that guarantee. Please don't get me wrong, the good teachers should get pay raises... teachers it is called a performance incentive for those that are not familiar with it. Now here is the benefit to that, the good teachers will continue to get increases, the poor teachers (which a lot of the times are one in the same with the overpaid teacher that has been coasting along for too long and has gotten lazy) get let go and replaced with an eager new hire at a base salary. This eliminates the dead weight and keeps the salary budget steady. No matter what you do for a living, your merit increases should be unique to you based on your performance, not seniority. In the end, when this gets resolved, I hope that the teachers of Strongsville have not completely lost the respect of every resident that literally pays their bills.
Myron Shibley February 27, 2013 at 06:44 PM
good advice. lol
Myron Shibley February 27, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Is anyone interested in pooling some money together and collaborating on running an advertisement (or several) that features some facts that no union member wants to talk about (salaries, benefits, etc.). It is amazing to me how little people know about what happens in their own backyards. I would love to see some things that unions desperately try to keep hush pushed in front of the public. Perhaps each week strike continues, feature a new public school teacher, list their salary, benefits, etc. Lots of ideas to play with here but I'd like to do something to counter the propaganda that the union has its teachers spewing to the kids.
Myron Shibley February 27, 2013 at 06:51 PM
I spoke with several individuals yesterday who had ZERO clue what was going on (some had kids in schools as well). A few had no idea what unions really were or why they strike, etc. Massively uneducated public on this stuff and they need to know what's happening...now.
lyn February 27, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Myron- About your idea of running an ad, what about writing a daily blog on the Patch and you could feature a few teachers each day. If you are up for it, I'd say start the campaign as soon as possible That stupid union will read this and beat you to it.
Myron Shibley February 28, 2013 at 02:25 AM
I would be up for it...i don't know how it works though. I would need some help for research though...as long as I had some folks help me w some fact checking I'd be up for writing it.
lyn February 28, 2013 at 02:40 AM
I think you just sign up rather easily on here. Go to the bottom of the page here and see what it says about doing a blog for the Patch. And then just write a bunch of your opinions as you have been, but instead of them being in the comments section of an article - it will be more essay like. As far as where to get the facts, you could start off with a few teachers by checking the roster on the school website and then go to Buckeye http://buckeyeinstitute.org/teacher-salary or that other one that tom cited, http://www.tos.ohio.gov/teacher_salary but being sure reference where the info came from - especially since the teachers take issue with these sites. More so, I think, because it is available to the public. Also, other district info, enrollment, teacher date, ratings,.. can be found at http://ilrc.ode.state.oh.us/PublicDW/asp/Main.aspx?server=mstris2&project=ILRC&evt=3002&uid=guest&pwd=&persist-mode=%228%22 Maybe you could also solicit suggestions from your blog readers about what or who they would like to have included. I'm sure you'll get plenty of feedback and input. I think you'd be good at it.
Theresa February 28, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Who would want any one of these teachers teaching their child? Teaching them what? Greed? Anger? Selfishness? How to threaten and intimidate? How to bring a "headstone" to a board member's house? Absolutely disgusting! At this point, the contract is almost a side issue when compared to the horrific behavior of the teachers. And if the teachers continue to behave so badly, Strongsville Taxpayers may want to keep the substitute teachers-permanently! Because any teacher that would threaten a board member with a "tombstone" is not a person I would ever want to be near my children! And I am sure there are many in Strongsville who feel the same. A sad day for the City of Strongsville, but an even sadder day for Strongsville's Teachers whose reputations may never recover.
What About Our Kids ?? March 01, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Michelle - my thoughts exactly. Things are bad? Really? God Bless the teachers that give it their all at the CMSD. And yes, what an example they're setting for their students. There are throngs of teachers who would like to be employed as these teachers are. Maybe we parents should go protest at the teacher's homes?
What About Our Kids ?? March 01, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Bob S .... what a joke. Sville teachers deserve more money? Yea, so does everyone else. How many art teachers would cry about making $100,000+ per year? In this economy, those employed anywhere should be lucky to simply have a job and benefits to boot.
S March 06, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Dave-- I'm not surprised. I'm an SHS alum myself, took honors/AP classes and am now convinced most of my teachers had no business being in the classroom. I'm dying to know who these "amazing" teachers are because I definitely didn't have them. I'm a successful adult because of my PARENTS and my professors in college. Definitely not because of any "learning" I did at Strongsville.
S March 06, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Bob -- If I showed up at my boss's house to picket/demand more money, I'd be fired and replaced within two days. What exactly is a "fair contract"? I've read the BOE's proposal and it seems MORE than fair. We're all tightening our belt buckles and EVERYONE is making sacrifices. I pay more for my insurance than I did a year ago and I haven't gotten a raise or a "step increase" since 2008 AND I fund my own retirement. And, like most teachers, I have a professional degree, student loans and certifications to upkeep. I work far more than 7.5 hours a day, don't have summers off, and regularly bring my work home with me. And you know what? I'm glad to HAVE a job. At least half of the people I graduated from college/graduate school with can't say the same. The SEA needs to be careful how they are portraying themselves right now. Considering the BOE Treasurer said yesterday that a school levy will be on the November ballot, I'd be pretty careful about pissing off taxpayers. I can say for certain that I won't be voting for it and likely, neither will my neighbors.
S March 06, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Since Tracy Linscott says it's ok, I think we should start with her.
MICHELLE March 06, 2013 at 05:34 PM
This morning on WTAM, the SEA Tracy Linscott, called it a "candlelight vigil" not a demonstraton/picket or otherwise......
S March 06, 2013 at 05:54 PM
The SEA should probably hire a PR firm to teach them how to present themselves to the public. I work in PR and the only thing Ms. Linscott's ramblings this morning did was make it next to impossible for a levy to pass again. Ever. I especially liked when she said the teachers weren't bullying--they were "standing up for themselves." Funny, in most schools if kids behaved the same way, they'd be expelled and would end up on the drudge report with the headline "STUDENTS CAUGHT ON VIDEO BULLYING!"
Betty Boops March 21, 2013 at 01:46 AM
The teachers want to keep their seniority. If a sales manager has 10 sales people working under him and half of them don't meet their quota, they are fired. And most likely the sales manager is fired also. So... when a teacher teaches 25 kids in his class and most fail. Should the teacher also get fired?


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