A parent group supporting Reynoldsburg teachers plans a “white-out” at next week’s school board meeting.
Parent Margaret Mary Luzny created a Facebook page called “Raider Strong We Care,” calling it an “open group for anyone who supports excellence and quality in the schools of Reynoldsburg.”
“We want our children to be the No. 1 priority in all matters related to the schools,” Luzny wrote as a first post.
The page has 153 members.
While teachers have been wearing red as a show of solidarity, Luzny said parents should “white-out” the meeting to show they are parents who support teachers. She encouraged parents to wear special “Raider Strong” white T-shirts or any white shirt to the Aug. 19 school board meeting to show they support union resistance to a compensation package based on merit pay.
Board member Joseph Begeny confirmed Aug. 14 the meeting will be moved from the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building to the Encore Performing Arts Center on the Reynoldsburg High School Summit Road campus, 8579 Summit Road. It will start at 7 p.m.
Reynoldsburg Education Association spokeswoman Kathy Evans said teachers will gather at 6 p.m., one hour before the start of the board meeting, for a peaceful demonstration on the Summit Road campus.
About 500 people, mostly teachers, showed up at last month’s school board meeting, including teachers from other communities and unions. There are about 350 certified teachers in Reynoldsburg.
Evans said teachers voted to authorize a 10-day strike notice Aug. 8 as a “continuation of our fight for the schools Reynoldsburg students deserve, including a reasonable class size limit and a means of addressing the unprecedented teacher turnover in our district.”
Since last August, nearly 50 Reynoldsburg teachers have resigned.