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Sept. 18 Strike Update
Dear Reynoldsburg families,

I regret to inform you that Reynoldsburg teachers’ union has decided to strike, starting Friday morning. The board of education made every effort to avoid this situation. The teachers’ negotiating team presented its first comprehensive proposal in five months of negotiations, and the teams reviewed it together, line by line. The union proposal included $1 million more in guaranteed raises compared to the board’s most recent proposal, inflexible class size caps, and several other costly provisions that the board of education could not accept. It also would have forced St. Pius teachers who are hired through the Reynoldsburg board to become part of the union and pay thousands of dollars in back union dues. The proposal is far beyond what the community can afford, and it appears that the union had no intention of settling the contract.
REA/OEA files strike notice
The Reynoldsburg City School District Board of Education received a 10-day strike notice from the Reynoldsburg Education Association today.

Superintendent Tina Thomas Manning said, “If the unions choose to strike – and it is their choice, not the Board’s – we are prepared to keep schools open and classes will continue.”

According to Thomas Manning, the REA has issued a Notice of Intent to Strike at 12:01 a.m. on September 19, 2014

The Board of Education will meet this week, at a time to be announced, for the purpose of adopting a strike resolution directing the Superintendent to keep schools open in the event the REA decides to follow through on their strike threat.

Thomas Manning added, “While the Administration has been preparing for the possibility of a strike for one month since the REA announced it had authority to file a ten day strike notice, we are disappointed the strike notice was filed. We still hope to reach a settlement that is in the best interest of our students, taxpayers and great teachers before the strike deadline.”
From the superintendent:
Dear Reynoldsburg families and community members,

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education and I were disappointed this weekend when the negotiating team of the teachers union declined to provide any proposals for a contract to avoid a strike. The board of education had hoped that the teachers' team would return to the table with clear ideas about how to move forward for the benefit of the Reynoldsburg community. The board arrived Friday with an open mind and willingness to discuss any remaining issues in order to reach a signed, tentative agreement that both sides would endorse.
From the superintendent:
Dear Reynoldsburg families and community stakeholders:

As our negotiating team prepares to return to the table with our teachers on Friday afternoon, I would like to reassure you that our team will continue to negotiate in good faith toward a reasonable compromise that serves the best interests of the students of Reynoldsburg City Schools. The conceptual agreement reached last month shows considerable progress from both team's original proposals.

I am optimistic that these compromises provide a solid basis for continued negotiations. The board's team remains open to reasonable compromise that achieves our aspiration of retaining and attracting the best teachers available for all Reynoldsburg students. Unfortunately, in the four weeks since the last negotiating session, the district's intentions have sometimes been questioned as something other than providing the best education for our students. Please be assured that our students' best interests always will be our lead consideration.

When it is appropriate, I will share as much information as possible about our progress. It is my sincere hope that we can finalize an agreement this weekend so that our school community can return our undivided attention to the very important work of teaching and supporting our students. The esteemed reputation of Reynoldsburg City Schools is the result of our cooperative efforts on behalf of students. I am confident that schools leaders, teachers and families, alike, look forward to returning to the work for which we are nationally known.

Tina Thomas-Manning
Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow

The Reynoldsburg City School District is committed to the belief that every child can achieve at high levels. Our academic programs are rigorous and highly personalized, using blended learning to meet the individual needs of every student. Through innovation and entrepreneurship, our dedicated teachers and staff focus on every student's success. State and national partnerships enable unique opportunities for our students and staff to benefit from the best educational initiatives across the country.

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