The new W.J. Fricker elementary school is that much closer to reality.

The Near North District School Board announced North Bay-based Mitchell Jensen Architects Incorporated has been selected to design the new school.

“The Board and staff undertook an extensive process to select the Architect including interviews with a number of firms,” Jay Aspin, chair of the board said. “We had a number of excellent architectural firms bid, and the rigorous RPF process we developed identified Mitchell Jensen as the successful proponent. We are very confident in the expertise they will bring to this project as we have previously engaged this firm on several occasions. The Board is pleased to see this project finally moving forward to provide our students with a new elementary facility.”

“Ensuring that we have the facilities necessary for optimal learning is a key priority of the NNDSB toward our focus on student achievement and well-being,” said Craig Myles, the Director of Education. “I am looking forward to welcoming students to the new building in September 2021.”

The new school will be located on the site of the current W.J. Fricker and is expected to open in September 2021.