• Saginaw Elementary School

    – Saginaw Elementary is currently the oldest school building in the district and has a long legacy that dates to the late 19th Century. 

    – The first Saginaw School opened as a tuition school on McLeroy Boulevard in 1892 and became a public school in 1893. In 1913, land in a new location on McLeroy was donated and a new two-story brick schoolhouse was built. That building was then replaced in 1935-1937 with a new structure funded through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Since the WPA era, several renovations have occurred, including an addition to the building in 1965 and significant structural and materials upgrades in the gymnasium.  

    – The WPA building does have a subject marker from the Texas Historical Commission sharing the school’s history, but it is not an official registered historical site protected by preservation requirements. 

    – EMS ISD leaders recognize and respect the historical significance of Saginaw ES in our community. Intentional efforts would be made to honor and acknowledge the school’s history within the new design, for instance keeping elements such as the original school bell that exist on the property today. Additionally, EMS ISD leaders desire to maintain the original WPA-era classrooms and auditorium, barring any unforeseen conditions such as the impact of current building codes, management of storm water drainage, etc. 

    – Through the design process, district officials would work to preserve the history of the building while also providing a safe, functional, and efficient learning environment that meets today’s educational standards.

    – The proposed replacement Saginaw Elementary would be built on the existing site, and enrollment growth would be accommodated with a two-story school and site development to support traffic flow. 

    – If Proposition A is approved, design work would begin in 2029. 

    – Renovation of buildings of this age quite often have significant issues that must be addressed, and it is important that the district takes time to thoroughly inspect and determine the scope of work, and to assess the total impact to taxpayers before committing to the final design. 

    – Community input would be invited and important in the design process of the replacement building.