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STRONGSVILLE -- Ten days from now, 383 teachers from Strongsville City Schools are planning to strike.

The Strongsville Education Association -- the teacher's union -- gave the 10-day notice on Thursday of the intention to go on strike beginning March 4.

Union president Tracy Linscott says the association's contract expired on June 30. Bargaining talks began nine months ago without a resolution reached between the union and the school board.

Unable to discuss the specifics of the contract issues, Linscott cited working conditions that will cut down on teacher planning time, as well as time for P.E., art, and music classes.

Two more mediation meetings are scheduled before the strike is set to begin.

Many plan to speak out at the regular school board meeting on Thursday night.

Strongsville City Schools Superintendent John Krupinski says negotiations are ongoing, but that the school board is disappointed that the union has decided to take this action.

Krupinski says substitute teachers are ready in anticipation of the work stoppage. The superintendent cites a need to balance the school budget, in a time of fiscal difficulty, for the district's proposal.