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The Strongsville strike is costing more than $1 million
Costs for replacement teachers, increased security and lodging could total $1.8 million by the weekend

Kabir Bhatia
In The Region:
As the Strongsville teachers' strike wraps its fourth week, the Plain Dealer reports that the schools have spent more than $1.1 million on replacement teachers and related costs. 

The teachers' union released the figures and estimates that the tab will surpass $1.8 million by Saturday. The payments include not only salaries, but lodging and extra security. 

The strike began March 4 after teachers said they had already made enough concessions in previous contract talks. The district says it needs to address a looming $6 million budget hole. The two sides were close to an agreement on health benefits, but still need to address issues such as pay freezes and the restructuring of pensions.

Strongsville School District Treasurer Debbie Herrmann, Superintendent John Krupinski and school board President David Frazee were unavailable to confirm the union's figures, which were obtained through a public records request.
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