Your Bond Dollars at Work!
Welcome to the EMS ISD Bond Program website, where bond project information and updates will be provided for our community as the bond work progresses. As a fast-growth school district, EMS ISD is always planning and preparing for steady enrollment growth and bond programs are a key component in building and maintaining facilities to support that growth. Bond elections are the primary means that districts have under state law to fund capital improvements such as new buildings, renovations, etc., without impacting the operational (daily) budget for teacher and staff salaries, supplies, etc. Currently, EMS ISD is in the last phase of projects in the 2017 Bond Program while beginning work on projects approved as part of the 2023 Bond Program. Please check back regularly for updates throughout the duration of these bond programs.
2023 Bond Program
In the November 7, 2023 General Election, the voting majority in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD voted in favor of bond propositions A and B and against bond propositions C and D. The approved bonds total $561.1 million and will address enrollment growth over the next seven years.
“We thank those in our community who took the time to go vote and we are thankful for your support with managing current and future enrollment growth,” said Dr. Jim F. Chadwell, Superintendent. “While our hope was to see all the projects recommended by the Long-Range Facility Planning Committee approved, we respect the community’s decisions made in this election and will begin planning for projects in Propositions A and B.”
Proposition A, the largest proposition at $540.9 million, addresses enrollment growth and general maintenance. Included is the replacement of Wayside Middle School, the renovation/replacement of Saginaw Elementary School, a new middle school and new elementary school, a new agriculture sciences facility, an expansion for Watson High School, an expansion of the Saginaw High School scene shop, maintenance and renovations to aging facilities, and safety and security enhancements across the district.
Proposition B, totaling $20.2 million, will fund replacements of student devices as well as expansion of the network infrastructure to accommodate the technology load on the district network due to enrollment growth.
2017 Bond Program
Since the passage of the 2017 bond, most of the bond program has been completed. There are a few projects remaining, the largest of which being Eagle Mountain High School. The district’s fourth comprehensive high school is under construction and is set to open in August 2024. General maintenance projects such as some HVAC, landscaping and signage work also is being completed throughout the district.
In addition to these projects from the 2017 bond are $10 million in improvements to indoor athletic areas at Saginaw High School and $5 million allocated toward a natatorium partnership. Since additional funding to expand these projects was not approved in the 2023 Bond referendum, the original funds from 2017 remain in reserve and will be used toward the improvements approved in 2017.