Strongsville: Striking teachers offer counter proposal

12:18 PM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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STRONGSVILLE -  The Strongsville City Schools Board made a new offer to the teachers' union-- and then the union offered a counter-offer. But the district rejected the proposal abournd 3 a.m. Monday.

Teachers have been on strike against the district since March 4.

The BOE has stood by its last best offer during strike negotiations.  But the district now says in a written release that "based on actual tax receipts, revenue projections have changed" and the board says it is using some of the additional $3.2 million to increase its offer to try and end the strike.

"The bottom line is that this is a proposal that our school district can afford and sustain," said Board President David Frazee in a release on the district's web site. "We have offered a proposal that provides the teachers with a half-step increase for each of two years or a one-time cash payment of $1,200 depending on their position," said Frazee.

A source from the teachers' side says that there is less than $1 million dollars separating the two sides.

The board says some of the additional funds will also be used to lessen the general education and pay-to-play fees.

So far no new negotiations are scheduled.

The SEA released the following written statement regarding the district's offer:

"Yesterday the Board finally admitted what the SEA has known for the last 6 months. They have $3.2 million more than they have claimed. When added to the $1.6 million saved since the strike began, the total is $4.8 million.
Last night the Board could have ended the strike and returned the teachers to their classrooms immediately. Unfortunately, $4.8 million isn't enough to convince the Board to put students ahead of their personal agendas."

 

WKYC-TV

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