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Strongsville teachers back in class

Strongsville teachers back in class

(Strongsville) - They're back!

Classes resumed Tuesday in the Strongsville City Schools with regular teachers for the first time since a teacher's strike began March 4.. 

Classes were cancelled Monday to allow the subs to gather their things and for the regular teachers to move back in.


(Photo by Colleen O'Neill/WTAM 1100)

Members of the Strongsville Education Association met at Strongsville High Cchool Saturday where they voted to ratify a contract. The Board of Education approved the deal Sunday.  The three-year deal runs through 2015.

SEA President tracy linscott says the vote in support of the deal was "overwhelming." 

After eight weeks on the picket line, the tentative deal was reached Friday. 

"The past eight weeks have been difficult, but the healing process begins today," said BOE President David Frazee after negotiations Friday. 

 Details of the deal have been posted on the school district's website

It appears the teachers got much of what they wanted, with the board getting concessions on health care. 

The federal mediation and conciliation service said in a statement that both sides affirmed their joint commitment to move forward in a positive atmosphere. 

The strike over salary and working conditions at the district involved around 400 teachers and 6,200 students. 

SEA represents nearly 385 highly qualified classroom teachers, guidance counselors and special education interventionists in the Strongsville City School District.

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