Teachers Stage Protest, Threaten Strike in Strongsville

Hundreds chant, hold signs at school board meeting


Strongsville teachers, who two weeks ago staged a silent protest about contract talks at a school board meeting, broke their silence Thursday night, chanting loudly and holding signs before and during a board meeting.

The teachers also made a non-verbal statement by wearing large buttons that read, "I don't want to strike but I will."

Hundreds of teachers chanted things like "settle now" and "fair contract" as school board members and administrators walked into the meeting.

Strongsville police were called to keep too many people from entering the meeting room, which is able to hold no more than 100.

A couple hundred other teachers lined the hallway outside, the front of the building and the parking lot shouting "Let us in" as the meeting went on.

They also chanted "Do the right thing, John" and "Shame on you, John" at Superintendent John Krupinski, gathering under the windows to make sure they were heard.

Two teachers spoke during the meeting. One, Michael Scott, a math teacher at Strongsville High School, said school officials had only offered "ridiculous proposals" at the bargaining table and shown "appalling levels of disrespect" to the teachers.

After the meeting, Krupinski repeated what he said Jan. 17 after 300 teachers showed up at a board meeting.

"They have every right to be here, and every right to express their concerns," he said.

After the January meeting, Tracy Linscott, president of the Strongsville Education Association, said teachers attended the meeting "in order to demonstrate our frustration with the lack of progress in negotiations."

The last round of teacher contract negotiations lasted nine months and ended with a two-year deal that included a salary freeze and no step pay increases for the 2011-12 school year.

That deal, finalized in March 2011, saved the district about $2 million, officials said. It also called for teachers to take on extra duties during the school day and to contribute more to their health insurance costs.

The contract was retroactive to Aug. 1, 2010 and expired June 30, 2012.

Ken McEntee February 15, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I love how the parents worked for more than a year to come up with the charter school proposal, to which the union replied that it doesn't think parents want a charter school.
lyn February 17, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Ken- That article about the LA BOE changing the the public school over to a charter school was interesting. I was at one time against charter schools or alternate means of educating the kids if it meant diverting funds from the public schools. I had always thought that it would be better to improve our schools rather than take money from them. But if the money is mainly going to overpaid teachers receiving over subsidized cadillac benefits, then the purpose of the public schools no longer exists. Education is no longer the purpose. Once the public schools begin to exist for the benefit of the teachers rather than the students first, then I definitely find myself now favoring charter schools - to my surprise. If my tax dollars are not being used as they should be intended, a change is definitely required. So, if a certain dollar amount is attributed to each student, and then that student is no longer at the public school, then the need for those dollars should no longer exist at the public school. Maybe they should consider converting one of our elementary schools to a charter school.
T Jefferson February 17, 2013 at 03:35 PM
People – can I make a suggestion here? Time and time again we hear someone say that all of the postings (reply trails to a specific posting) from so-and-so have been deleted when she/he pulled their original post. Unfortunately, there was a lot of good discussion associated with that “train of thought” but, because the person pulled it, all of the trails that were attached to that posting are deleted as well. The other problem is that these posting trails are becoming so long, in order to keep up with what is current; one has to review/scan the entire listing to see what is new off of the original posts. My proposal – everybody post every post in the reply box at the end of the article so that none of the postings will be deleted, and, it will be easier to follow. All you have to do is look up where you left off from before. If somebody wants to delete their post, let them. It will not disrupt or delete the train of discussions that will be in chronological order. I can see where someone could set up a posting hoping that everyone replies to it, just so that they can delete their posting and effectively remove the content of the other postings. (Good tactic to remove the anti-union or pro-union posting information).
SHSStudent February 18, 2013 at 05:23 AM
As a student of Strongsville High School I can say that our teachers deserve the best. They work for hours and hours just to help educate kids, and they are VERY good at it. As you type your comment- stop and realize that you wouldn't even be able to make one if a TEACHER had not taught you how.
fedupwithschools February 19, 2013 at 01:38 PM
My parents taught me pretty well and as much as I respect teachers they are not the only ones who teach. I am sure your parents have taught you a thing or two. I agree that the teachers work hard and do a good job, but look at the example they are setting for you. Scream and yell, act out against authority, quit doing your job to get what you want. Is that what your parents taught you? I think not.


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