SAGINAW, MI – Saginaw Public School District superintendent and board of education president spoke before the Saginaw City Council at its Monday, April 26 meeting, affirming the district’s commitment to preserving the city’s iconic ‘beans bunny’ sign after the structure holding it is torn down.
Superintendent Ramont Roberts and board President Charles Coleman both signed up to speak at the meeting, speaking on the former bean elevator and local landmark that stands where the district plans to build an athletic stadium and complex for its new comprehensive high school. The new building is planned for the current site of the Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy and is funded by the $100 million bond approved by Saginaw voters in November 2020.
“The Board of Education, since the beginning of this process has recognized the value and importance of this sign,” Coleman said. “All of our discussions with the owner of this property, with our contractors, our engineers, and our supports have included the importance of properly moving and saving this sign.”
Coleman said he reiterates the district is committed to saving the sign and working with committees formed for the purpose of doing so. Last week, Saginaw’s Historic District Commission discussed forming a committee to study alternatives to tearing down the elevator, exploring its historical significance and different ways to incorporate the existing structure into the high school project.
All the projects under the bond millage are a culmination of the feedback and ideas envisioned by community stakeholders for the district, both now and in the future, Roberts said.
“We wanted it to be a part of this city and this community as an attraction point for families in the future,” Roberts said. “We intend to follow through on a promise we made to the voters, and we also recognize the historic significance of that bean bunny and intend to save it. But we want to balance that with providing a strong, attractive school system for our area because we know that that is an anchor and will always be for areas that are looking to grow.”
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