Press Release from Ron Ramsey, Speaker of the Tennessee Senate, Sept. 9, 2011:
(September 9, 2011, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today announced the appointment of local businessman Larry Spiller to the Memphis schools planning commission tasked with overseeing the consolidation of the county and city public school systems.
“The strength of our public schools determines the strength of our future workforce. It is imperative that we take every opportunity to help prepare our young people for the workplace,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “Larry Spiller is a common-sense conservative businessman and I am confident that his outsider perspective will be crucial as Memphis and Shelby county look to consolidate their school systems.”
Before entering the business world, Larry Spiller graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in education, serving as a student teacher while completing his degree. Spiller has lived in the Memphis area since 1972 and is currently the owner/operator of Home Pest Control Company in Bartlett.
“Memphis and Shelby county stand at a critical crossroads,” Spiller said. “Failure is not an option. I look forward to helping this commission give Tennessee’s largest school system the quality education system it deserves.”
The Memphis Consolidation Planning Commission, created by Senate Bill 25, will advise the new countywide school board on the transition process and report to state education officials on the transition.