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Strongsville teachers and board of education members met for more than 13 hours Sunday afternoon into early Monday morning, and there is still no deal as the strike enters its seventh week.

The teachers’ union read a brief statement after the marathon negotiation session ended after 2:30 a.m. Monday, but would not answer any questions.  We were told the superintendent would give a statement as well, but we never heard from him before everyone left.

The federal mediated scheduled the Sunday meeting for 1:30 p.m. in Independence. Pro-teacher parents and students greeted the sides.

“God, we’re all praying that it comes to an end today but we really don’t know.  This board up to now has really shown no willingness to negotiate,” said Clara Arroyo.

Arroyo joined several others as they placed green “For Strongsville” duck tape over their mouths and held up signs in a silent protest. They stood outside the entrance Strongsville Superintendent John Krupinski used to enter into the building.

“We need to come to an agreement. That agreement has to be sustainable and functional, not only for the short term, but for the long term,” Krupinski said.

When asked about the parents standing outside wanting arbitration, Krupinski said, “… arbitration is not my decision. It’s the board of education’s decision. However, that decision has already been made.”

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