Rutherford County Schools
2240 Southpark Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Fax: (615) 904-3770
Bill Spurlock became Director of Schools July 1, 2018 after successfully leading Oakland High School for 10 years.
A veteran educator of more than 30 years, Mr. Spurlock previously served as an assistant principal at Riverdale High School for eight years and taught science at Oakland for 10 years.
When Mr. Spurlock started at Oakland as principal in 2008, the school was listed as a high priority school by the Tennessee Department of Education. He immediately engaged stakeholders at the school and led a dramatic turnaround.
Oakland now boasts the International Baccalaureate program, a world-renowned program that is not offered at any other Rutherford County school. The school is also known for its robust Career and Technical Education offerings, including mechatronics.
The mechatronics pathway allows students to achieve Level I Siemens certification and provides multiple opportunities to intern with various local companies before graduating. Then through the school’s partnerships, students can begin working in high-paying positions with those manufacturers while pursing mechatronics degrees at Motlow State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University.
The program has been such a runaway success, it caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos, who chose Oakland as the only public school to visit during a trip to the Nashville area in November 2017.