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Reynoldsburg Teachers, Board Vote To Accept Contract, End Strike

The Reynoldsburg Education Association and the Board of Education says its members have approved a new agreement.

The Reynoldsburg Education Association and the board of education says its members have approved a new agreement.

Teachers in the district of about 7,000 students have been on strike since Sept. 19. 

The sticky issues have included class sizes and merit-based raises. A tentative deal was reached last night and ratified by members on Thursday.
    
Many Reynoldsburg parents are breathing a sigh of relief at the news.

10TV crews caught up with students as they were being dropped off to school. This may be one of their last days with more than 200 substitute teachers.

There have been some problems in the classrooms since teachers went on strike. Parents say they are ready to get their schools back to normal.

"I'm so happy. I cannot explain my feelings. This is the waited moment for all of us, that finally, they decided to make the decision for all the kids and for us parents and the whole community of Reynoldsburg,” said Ziama Rice, mother of 4th grader.

Rice says she’s been staying with her daughter for the first 30 minutes of each school day as substitutes were leading the class.

She says she won’t feel the need to do that anymore when regular teachers are back.