Jeffrey Collier, Ruth Ann Knapp, Scott Sawyer

SAGINAW, MICHIGAN – Ruth Ann Knapp, a current elected school board member of the Saginaw Public School District, was selected to serve on Saginaw Intermediate School District’s Board of Education, effective July 2021. 

Ruth Ann Knapp was born in Michigan and raised in rural Idaho.  She began teaching for two years in Oregon before transitioning back to Saginaw where she taught for more than 40 years in the Saginaw Public School District.  Throughout her teaching career, she predominantly taught elementary music, with experience in nearly all of Saginaw Public’s elementary schools.  She also served as the district’s K-12 Music Coordinator and Fine Arts Coordinator.  

Ms. Knapp actively volunteers with art shows, including the Saginaw County Art Show held at Fashion Square Mall each spring.  She is also President of Positive Results Downtown Saginaw (PRIDE) and works on Saginaw’s Christmas and Memorial Day Parades, Holidays in the Heart of the City, and Friday Night Live.  She is a former Director of the Saginaw Kids Choir, and has twice served with the Michigan Music Education Association as President and founded its Archives and Government Relations Program.  Further, Ruth Ann is a member of the local NAACP leadership team and volunteers for Arson Watch as a committee member.  In 2018, she received the All-Area Arts Award, and in 2021 received the Whitney E. Young Jr. Service Award.  

Jeffrey Collier, Superintendent of Saginaw Intermediate School District, stated, “On behalf of the entire Saginaw Intermediate School District, I am proud to welcome Ruth Ann Knapp to our Board of Education.  Ms. Knapp brings to our organization intangible leadership experiences, extensive professional networks, and positive community partnerships.  I anticipate that Ms. Knapp’s experience, vision, and relationships will further strengthen the foundation of our school board, in alignment with our Saginaw ISD’s vision and mission to serve, innovate, and empower.”

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About Saginaw Intermediate School District Saginaw Intermediate School District (SISD) is an educational service agency that provides effective and innovative leadership, services, resources, and programs throughout Saginaw County, Michigan.  Saginaw ISD serves 12 local school districts, 5 public school academies, and 22 non-public schools, with a total enrollment of approximately 27,000 students.  Public school districts supported include:  Birch Run Area Schools, Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District, Carrollton Public Schools, Chesaning Union Schools, Frankenmuth School District, Freeland Community School District, Hemlock Public School District, Merrill Community Schools, Saginaw Public School District, Saginaw Township Community Schools, St. Charles Community Schools, and Swan Valley School District.  Saginaw ISD provides career and technical education, early childhood, finance, human resources, instruction, pupil accounting, special education, technology, and transportation services.  In addition, SISD operates multiple educational programs to meet the unique needs of students ages birth to 26 across Saginaw County, including: Hartley Outdoor Education Center, Head Start/Early Head Start and Great Start to Readiness Programs, Great Lakes Bay Early College, Saginaw County Juvenile Detention Center School, and Special Education Center Programs.  Learn more about Saginaw ISD by calling (989) 399-7473 or visiting