In 1978, school plant managers and other supervisory personnel from across the state of Tennessee were invited to attend the fifth annual SSPMA convention in Gatlinburg. During this conference, approximately 40 Tennesseans under the leadership of Dr. Nile McCrary organized and chartered the Tennessee School Plant Management Association on May 4, 1978.
Throughout its existence, TSPMA has held an annual conference to train and to provide new technology to school plant managers. In the interest of promoting and enhancing the education process, the annual conference provides for the exchange of information to improve the school plant management, maintenance and care by promoting acceptable policies, standards and practices. The TSPMA organization also seeks the professional advancement of school plant management and is a strong supporter of the National School Plant Management Association (NSPMA).
Thus far, TSPMA has held an annual conference in the following Tennessee Cities: Murfreesboro, Nashville, Pigeon Forge, Chattanooga, Memphis and Gatlinburg.
TSPMA has training in various area to certify school plant managers. TSPMA has school plant managers certified as TSPMA Plant Manger’s one and two. TSPMA worked to bring the Building Operator Certification to Tennessee in conjunction with Pellissippi State Community College. Fourteen plant managers completed the eight month course and received their certification as BOC 1 from the BOC and from TSPMA. TSPMA currently is working to complete a second class in the middle part of Tennessee in 2014.
The TSPMA will continue to serve the school plant managers of Tennessee by offering training, networking and guidance to keep the school plants of Tennessee School in shape to serve the children and educators of the great state of Tennessee.