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Published on Thursday, March 07, 2019

Councilman Roberto C. Treviño provides statement on Beacon Hill Elementary vote

CONTACT: Justin Renteria, (210) 207-0900


SAN ANTONIO (March 7, 2019) – City Council voted unanimously to deny historic designation for the vacant Beacon Hill E.S. #22 building and created a Memorandum of Agreement between the City of San Antonio and San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) for SAISD to mitigate the loss of Beacon Hill #22 and to implement strategies for structures of historical significance (details of the Memorandum of Agreement are attached). Councilman Treviño, who has worked with the students, community, and school and city officials on a solution, provided the following statement:


“Great cities are about people and the things they create. While beauty and history pour out of every crevice of Beacon Hill E.S. #22, this Cultural Heritage Curriculum ensures our heritage, be it tangible or intangible lives on. Today’s vote addresses the current needs of our future leaders, and creates a framework that will have generational impact our city. Together, we are planting a seed that will grow and provide our students with cultural awareness and a sense of pride unlike any community in the country. The students at Beacon Hill Elementary will change the world someday. They are going to remember when their hard work with their parents, their school district, and their city government resulted in change and the creation of something much bigger than one building.


Thank you to the students and community for their involvement on this issue over the last twenty years. I commend Director Shanon Miller and the Office of Historic Preservation for their work with SAISD to develop this one-of-a-kind program.


Plato once said, ‘What is honored in a country is cultivated there.’ I am really proud of what we have cultivated here together.”


Attachment (Source CoSA):


In an effort to mitigate the loss of the building, SAISD has worked with City staff to develop and propose a number of actions to be executed through a Memorandum of Agreement with the City. Actions outlined through the draft MOA include:


1.    Prior to issuance of a demolition permit, SAISD will provide the City documentation of the Beacon Hill #22 Structure including but not limited to - HABS level 1 drawings, digital 3D model, and photographs.


2.    Prior to issuance of a demolition permit, SAISD will provide the City a salvage and reuse plan for the materials of the Beacon Hill #22 Structure.


3.    Prior to issuance of the Demolition Permit, SAISD will provide City with a plan and timeline for completion of the inventory, which shall be approved by the Director of the City’s Office of Historic Preservation. Within 12 months of the issuance of the Demolition Permit, SAISD will provide the City a complete inventory of SAISD buildings and identification of all historic resources. 


4.    SAISD will meet with the Office of Historic Preservation following completion of the inventory outlined above and discuss possible initiation of the landmark designation process for other school buildings in the district, as a way to underscore the importance of historic schools in the community.


5.    SAISD will implement preservation trades courses and/or certification as part of SAISD career and technical education program.


6.    SAISD will develop in collaboration with the City, a SAISD-wide Cultural Heritage Curriculum as outlined in Exhibit A.

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