Teachers' Union Won't Vote on Strongsville School Board's Offer

SEA made counter-offer instead, president says


The Strongsville teachers' union won't put the School Board's newest contract offer to a vote of its members.

"No, we won't, because we gave them a counter-proposal," said Tracy Linscott, president of the Strongsville Education Association. "That's how it works."

The board's newest offer, which came during a negotiating session April 14, was the first movement from its "last best offer" and offered some concessions to striking teachers.

But Linscott said the SEA has already made a counter-proposal, which leaves the ball in the School Board's court.

"It's up to them to do something now," she said.

The two sides have called on the other to take steps to end the strike, which is nearly seven weeks old. 

On April 9, the School Board called on the SEA to allow its 383 members which the union initially rejected on March 3.

The SEA wants the board to agree to binding arbitration, saying teachers will return to their classrooms immediately while the contract is worked out.

Linscott Won't Be at Board Meeting

Linscott said this week she does not plan to attend the School Board meeting Thursday, April 18, in order to leave the session open to parents who have questions about the strike.

"This is the first time parents have had an open forum to get answers," she said.

The board canceled both meetings in March and the first one in April due to concerns over disruptions and security.

Only SEA members who have children in the Strongsville schools will go into the meeting, Linscott said. 

The rest will gather on Lunn Road for a protest that will not disrupt the meeting, which has been moved to the Strongsville High School auditorium to accommodate the expected crowd.

"I am not going into the meeting," Linscott said. "Parents are frustrated they're not getting their questions answered."

Blood Drive Set

The SEA will have a blood drive on Friday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades hall, 8257 Dow Circle in Strongsville.

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lyn April 19, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Did I hear correctly? They called that one lady a whore? She gave a very emotional speech and I can't imagine anyone was left unmoved by her and her words.
Crypt Keeper April 19, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Exactly. We will all help the wannabe martyr pack up his locker. Nice failed attempt at creating some big scene. Young Cindy Sheehan.
lyn April 19, 2013 at 02:33 AM
So, out of about 20 people, 17 or so pro-BOE, 1 neutral and 2 pro-teacher. But, is it correct that the 2 pro teacher were either a husband of a teacher or daughter of a teacher? What about the neutral speaker? Now I'm really a skeptic.
Emmett April 19, 2013 at 02:34 AM
That was brutal! Time for SEA to accept that contract and begin the healing process.
StrongsvilleMother April 19, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Yes, the gentlemen who wanted arbitration at the end is the husband of a teacher and the 8th grader who spoke is the daughter of a teacher. Kovacs
lyn April 19, 2013 at 02:37 AM
I guess the former teacher behavior tonight just keeps on telling the community that their character is despicable and an embarrassment to the city and even their own profession. So much for their promise of behaving at the meeting - but we all knew that they wouldn't keep their promise.
terry April 19, 2013 at 02:39 AM
I was there sea thugs at their best.
tom m April 19, 2013 at 02:39 AM
we no longer want them to settle ...... these strongsville teachers have become an embarrassment to all hard working and honest union members everywhere,..........as well as every dedicated professional teacher in northern Ohio ............ it is now time for them to seek greener pastures elsewhere
Dave April 19, 2013 at 02:45 AM
That was brutal! I can relate to that one lady. My 2 oldest kids are in college. They both have the same favorite teacher who taught them in elementary school. They both have asked if that teacher is one that has been 'acting up'. I can honestly tell them that she is not. They were both relieved to hear that.
Keith April 19, 2013 at 02:46 AM
James That audit was done by the state not an independent auditor...the state did an audit of three school districts within 10 miles of me and they were awarded the same award.. An independent audit was required by the voters before a levy was passed and it revealed that over 20% of adminastrators that were employed in the one district was redundant and the sports coaching staff in three of its sports were given administration jobs just to boost there salary.. You as a voter should demand that an independent audit be done, not by the state...
sville senior April 19, 2013 at 02:47 AM
very true Tom
terry April 19, 2013 at 02:52 AM
I was in the second row I watched very carefully to see how frazee was picking out who would speak. I can honestly say that he just picked up the sheets and thats just how it worked out.
SHSparent86 April 19, 2013 at 02:53 AM
My kids would prefer to finish the year with the subs.
Keith April 19, 2013 at 02:54 AM
What did the neutral party at meeting have to say? And can I view it online anywhere?
Jabba Da LinsLob April 19, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Can't wait for another box of donuts and coffee in front of the BOE on Friday.
Jabba Da LinsLob April 19, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Thank the heavens for the time off so I can shop for bigger clothes.
Kim L April 19, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Kieth then why dont YOU pay for an independent audit
Crypt Keeper April 19, 2013 at 03:00 AM
SEA = Trash. thanks for letting us all watch you get publicly pounded tonight. How idiotic can you be to really still think the community is with your cause? This is beyond laughable now.
Huffmaster Plant April 19, 2013 at 03:04 AM
That was Jeff Dejongh, attention whore and admin of the Parents Supporting Teachers page. He has tried to make this strike about him and is very upset that he is irrelevant
Huffmaster Plant April 19, 2013 at 03:05 AM
The one kicked out I mean
HR Director April 19, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Can someone advise how the board "stacked the audience" when there were empty seats? Wouldn't the SEA been able to offset this "stack job" by simply having people show up who could form a complete sentence? Seriously...what a bizarre allegation by SEA supporters. You stacked the audience that was only filled 80% to capacity. You do realize how silly of a comment that is, don't you?
Jabba Da LinsLob April 19, 2013 at 03:10 AM
What did they expect? With 70%+ supporting the BOE, who did they think would show up to speak and how could they be surprised at what they said?
terry April 19, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Channel 5 just announced the sea will have a special announcement tomorrow at 830. I'm guessing its going to be something like this was all staged by the BOE They held their own anti teacher rally, and as I said earlier I honestly believe that Frazee Just picked up the little green Piece of paper and let the chips fall where they fell. I know that they didn't invite me. Also The residents spoke For the most part not about money But their bad behavior which they have yet to acknowledge.
Huntington Caldwell IV April 19, 2013 at 03:33 AM
SEA is pathetic! They are insisting on a no repraisals clause, yet their actionable offenses continue? WTF? "Rudy, your like a teacher out of school...N-o-o-o Cl-a-a-a-s-s! -Russell on Fat Albert circa 1974
Jabba Da LinsLob April 19, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Who cares what they have to say, unless they are all quitting and moving away. Nobody listens to them anymore.
Keith April 19, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Kim Like I said I don't live in your area...I'm truly a neutral party...I live in NW Ohio and am still reading over both sides last proposals...to be honest there is a lot of room for movement on both sides..I don't believe the board should cut Voluntary professional raises but I believe the teachers can give on the health and dental a bit...as far as the pay raises there is plenty of room to move there on both sides...as far as education and sports fees you would be surprised at what and independent audit can do for that and what happened here was the cost was split by union and board....
terry April 19, 2013 at 03:47 AM
The highlight was the stay at home dad (who has to go get a job now that his wife is striking) who went ballistic because they wouldn't call his name. What a looser, dropping F bombs in front. Of the small kids in attendance.
Huffmaster Plant April 19, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Jeff DeJongh, professional jackass
Keith April 19, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Is it true that there are HS classes that have over 30 and upwards of 40 students in them...I did read in the teachers proposal that they are asking class sizes max at 28 ... The board has refused to address this in there proposal...but at same time I understand that some of the schools need serious bldg repairs...
Keith April 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM
When was the last time the school district built a new school bldg or renovated any of the existing ones?


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