The Reynoldsburg School Board and Reynoldsburg Education Association (REA) met today with a federal mediator for the first negotiating session in just over a week.  Sadly, the school board did not show up with any negotiating in mind.

REA Co-President Kim Cooper released the following update about today’s meeting:

“We were as unsurprised as we were disappointed that the Board did not come to today’s meeting with an honest attempt to make any progress and end this strike. The Board refused to address movement on any of the issues. This strike is about the future of public education and what is best for the students and teachers. Until the Board appreciates why the students, the parents, and the community are standing with us for the schools they deserve, unfortunately, I don’t see this strike ending in the near future. The Board was informed that a written counter-proposal was imminent. Without warning, and after only 10 minutes after receipt of the requested information, the Board’s team left the building.”

The strike will enter its 2nd full week with the district continuing to waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on “security”, “strike management” fees, and “high-quality substitute teachers” like these (who Board President Andy Swope told a parent were “REA plants” – TRUE STORY):




Feel free to contact the leaders of the school board’s negotiations team:

Andrew Swope, Board President
(614) 864-1175 (home)
(614) 882-8297 (work)

Elaine Tornero, Board Vice President
(614) 759-9735 (home)

Reynoldsburg Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning
(614) 501-1023

If you’re a Reynoldsburg parent concerned about the safety of your children, you might consider directly contacting the President of the company you hired (your tax dollars) to manage your schools – Huffmaster Crisis Management:

Greg Johnson, President of Crisis Response
(248) 705-3946 (cell)
(248) 616-8340 (work)

  • amyvav

    Who needs “plants” when you have miserable, bored kids with cell phones.

  • jr6020

    Kasich and Company are licking their chops to make this standoff a slap at all his anti-SB 5 “enemies”…If you think there is no connection between the Reynoldsburg Supt and Kasich allies you’re dreaming…

  • wetsu

    Typical, rank-in-file teachers who have been caught sleeping on the job are fired. I trust this highly creditable company will do the same.

  • Think.

    Reynoldsburg school administration is being led by Dick Ross, who answers to John Kasich, who is involved with the American Legislative Exchange Council, which seeks to privatize public education. ALEC wants to make education a private commodity rather than a public good, and reverse America’s modern innovation of promoting learning and civic virtue through public schools staffed with professional teachers for children from all backgrounds.,_Higher_Ed_Policy,_and_Teachers

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