Nick McWilliams reporting – With a strike looming over an ongoing contract dispute between Claymont Local Schools and a union representing non-teaching members, school board members have decided to keep the school open in the event of picketing.

Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local No. 390 represents non-teaching workers in the district, which includes custodians, secretaries, cafeteria members, and bus drivers.

The two sides have been working on contract negotiations since the previous contract expired in June of 2017.

Superintendent Scott Golec says more negotiations are planned for the near future.

“The Board of Education has been negotiating with OAPSE for a successor collective bargaining agreement for approximately 22 months. The Federal Mediator who has been assisting the parties in these negotiations has called a negotiations meeting for Monday, March 18, 2019, and the Board will be presenting a proposal to the OAPSE employees at that time.”

Golec adds lunches will be provided for students who do not bring their own, and there will be no bus service during the strike.

The strike will begin on March 22nd at 12:01 a.m.

The school board urges any local resident with questions about the strike to visit

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