Strongsville Council demands school strike back to bargaining

10:22 AM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
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STRONGSVILLE -- Strongsville Mayor Tom Perciak joined city council Tuesday night insisting the union and school board get back to the bargaining table.

385 members of the union went on strike Monday morning.

Administrators attempted to maintain a regular school day but, even with substitutes, that wasn't possible.

Students shared photo images of overcrowded classrooms. Many high school students left campus before lunch.

City leaders thrust themselves into the process. They provided safe harbor for teacher-subs on city property.

"When it is all said and done, it was the best place with the police department right here," Mayor Perciak said.

While neither the mayor nor council have authority in these negotiations, they are claiming a stake in this community.

"Get back to the bargaining table," Mayor Perciak said.

Councilman-At-Large Joe DeMio has two kids in the high school. One is preparing to graduate.

"He's looking at colleges and his future in three months. Now we don't even know when he might graduate," DeMio said.

A federal mediator is calling for a one-week cooling off period.

"There is nothing to gain by this bickering and digging in," Mayor Perciak said.

Safety seems to be the greatest concern. Three extra police officers were even assigned to City Council.

While the city can't control negotiations, its police and fire departments will be in the school Tuesday.

20 extra police officers have been added to the Hoffmaster private security force on campuses.

The state fire marshal will be in the high school to prevent overcrowding in the classrooms and maintain clear aisles.


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