As school began Tuesday in Grandview Heights, it wasn't just students who were concerned about whether they'll pass or fail this year.

As school began Tuesday in Grandview Heights, it wasn't just students who were concerned about whether they'll pass or fail this year.

The district has placed a combined 5.9-mill levy on the Nov. 2 ballot. The levy includes a three-year 3.9-mill operating levy component and a continuing 2-mill permanent improvement component.

"One of the biggest challenges we have in this new year is continuing to do the great things we do in the midst of a levy campaign," Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said.

"My goal is to make sure it is the administrators, the board and myself that worry about that and allow our teachers to do what they do," he said. "It is important that people understand the importance of this levy."

The district stretched its last three-year operating levy to five years and its permanent improvement levy will expire at the end of this year.

The permanent improvement money is needed to help the district maintain its aging buildings as well as enhance and expand the use of technology in the classroom, O'Reilly said.

Once again, the district is seeing a large number of new staff members to replace people who retired or changed positions, he said. The district has eight new staff members this year.

The turnover has been accelerated over the last several years, O'Reilly said.

"I counted it up and since I got here almost four years ago, we've replaced 48 people," he said. "That's a significant number. When you count part-time food service people, we only have about 170 employees."

The new staff includes Stevenson guidance counselor Stephanie Doran, kindergarten teachers Elizabeth Page and Katie Coplin; Stevenson music teacher Brian Petit, fifth-grade social studies teacher Megan Shea and Edison Intermediate/Middle School intervention specialists Chad Davis and Alison Etter.

Brad Pettit has also joined the district as the new network administrator, replacing Cathryn Chellis, who left the district.

Pettit's position has been restructured as network administrator as opposed to Chellis' title of technology coordinator, O'Reilly said.

"At our new teacher orientation (last week) I told our them that our expectation is that while they will learn from us, we will learn from them," he said.

The new staff members will bring their own ideas and fresh approaches to education, O'Reilly said.

The high school has not seen any staff turnover, but it is offering students an enhanced media center. The improvements were funded through a donation by the Brotherhood of the Rooks, a former GHHS fraternal organization.

The community will have an opportunity to view the changes to the library at a special reception at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 in the library, O'Reilly said. Several former members of the Brotherhood of the Rooks will attend the event.

The new school year is opening on another positive note, as the Ohio Department of Education will officially release its 2009-10 state report card data on Friday showing that Grandview met all 26 standards.

Two district employees were honored at Monday's staff convocation.

Edison technology coordinator Marc Alter was named as the district's 2009-10 Teacher of the Year. Edison daytime custodian Mark McKnight was named as the recipient of the Win-Win Award.