Hudson -- Students returning to the hallowed halls of academia Aug. 19 at Western Reserve Academy, 115 College St. will find a few new faces and a 14-month renovation project in full swing.
According to the academy, 390 students, representing 14 countries, 23 states and 83 zip codes in Ohio, will begin the 2013-14 school year Aug. 19.
The co-ed boarding school houses grades 9 through 12.
"We limit our enrollment to ensure small class sizes -- our student-teacher ratio is 7:1 - as that allows for individual attention and care for all of our students," according to Allison Ewing, a spokesperson for the school.
The academy has 53 teachers this year, which includes several new faces, Ewing said.
The new teachers include: Bernarda Del Villar, Spanish and Latin; Todd Gilbert, English and creative writing; Laura Mogel, history; William Talaba, symphonic winds; Adam Yankay, mathematics and Annie Neill, class dean, psychology, community service and outreach.
Students and returning faculty will also notice two new additions to the WRA admissions staff. Dan Morrissey is the new dean of admission and financial aid and Tim Randall the new associate director of admission and financial aid.
The 14-month Athenaeum dormitory project is slated to renovate 20 existing rooms, add 14 new rooms and two faculty apartments. The project will also include the addition of a second stairwell and an elevator to make the building compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards for accessible design, Ewing said. An energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system will also be installed. Summer projects also included a new roof on the Knight Fine Arts Center,and rebuilding the pillars and fascia on Hayden Hall.
"We look forward to another rewarding school year," Head of School Christopher Burner said. "We have talented students and a dedicated faculty, a combination that will prove to be a success this year."
For more information on WRA visit www.wra.net.