The Strongsville Education Association has made their presence very clear to members of the board of education and school administrators at recent board meetings. Now, they are taking their messages online with the launching of a new Web site.
The site can be found at
strongsvilleeducationassociation.weebly.com. It notes updates on negotiations, stories about teachers, student test scores, testimonials and more. Under “Negotiation News,” the teachers give their definition of a fair and equitable contract. Some of the highlights of that portion are adequate planning periods, manageable class sizes and teacher respect.
It also gives updates on negotiations, citing “No Progress” after several meetings, though legally they cannot disclose the specific things that took place in those closed meetings. The latest meeting was scheduled for Feb. 14.
“We would like the board to get serious and produce a fair and equitable contract as soon as possible,” the site states.
The site has come about in light of the current round of negotiations between the administration and the teachers’ union. At the last two board meetings, representatives of the union have come out in great numbers to show unity and to seemingly put pressure on the board and administration to come to a contract agreement.
At the Jan. 17 meeting, over 300 members of the union silently filed into the meeting after it had already begun, and left following Assistant Superintendent Cameron Ryba’s human resources report. At the Feb. 7 work session, a similar number of teachers showed up outside the administration building and broke their silence by chanting during the meeting. Two representatives also spoke on their behalf, claiming the contract proposals were not “fair and equitable.”
In the last round of negotiations, a two-year agreement was reached. That contract expired in June 2012, and the SEA and the administrative negotiating team began talks again in the fall.
Superintendent John Krupinski has repeatedly said that he is hopeful that the administration and the SEA will work through the process and come to a settlement that is agreeable for both parties.