Sunday, March 3 2013 9:48 PM EST2013-03-04 02:48:19 GMT
The 383 teachers of the Strongsville Education Association voted overwhelmingly to strike, and it's already turned into an ugly battle. .More >>
The 383 teachers of the Strongsville Education Association voted overwhelmingly to strike, and it's already turned into an ugly battle. Union members are ready for the picket lines, and the battle lines have been drawn.
Superintendent John Krupinski says students are in school despite all that.
"We had a tremendous number of students come to school today. We were a little short staffed because in most situations the enrollment on the first few days of the strike is below 50% ours was not that," said Superintendent Krupinski.
About two dozen picketers arrived at Center Middle School Monday morning in Strongsville. It is also the site of the district's Board of Education.
Police were forced to intervene and issued a warning to picketers when they tried to block the school entrance to arriving substitute teachers.
Picketers shouted "shame on you!" to the subs being shuttled in across the picket line. They could also be heard chanting "settle now."
"We're going to continue to bring on new substitutes," said Superintendent Krupinski.
Joe Kaval is one of those substitutes. He crossed the picket line which is not always appreciated.
"I was a little I intimidated at first. They can only yell and scream. So, it's wasn't too bad. I think the teachers should be a little more mature in front of their students. It's not a life or death thing," said Joe Kaval.