Talks between Strongsville board of education, teachers' union hits new record, talked for 14 hours

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Negotiating teams in the Strongsville teachers' strike held another marathon bargaining session Wednesday, breaking their previous record.

Talks began at the federal mediator's office in Independence at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and were still under way 14 hours later. Negotiations ended at about 11:30 p.m. and will resume at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Earlier this week, the Strongsville City School District Board of Education declined the Strongsville Education Association's proposal to enter into binding arbitration.

Last week, both parties' bargaining teams met for 11 hours with no resolution.

Neither side will discuss what was talked about in the 14 hour meeting.

"Due to the sensitivities of these meetings, the parties have agreed to make no further comments regarding the status of the discussions tonight; furthermore, no further comment or update will come from either party  until further meetings with FMCS," said SEA President Tracy Linscott.

The strike is now in its fifth week.

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