The Martinsville City Public School Board on June 14 voted unanimously to extend the contract of Division Superintendent Dr. Zebedee Talley Jr.
The new agreement extends Talley’s employment with the division through June 30, 2023.
Talley began his work as superintendent in 2016. His current contract was set to expire in 2022. The new contract contains terms similar to Dr. Talley’s current contract. It includes an annual salary of $145,000, with an annual increase of 1 percent or the average instructional increase for the length of the contract.
The new contract followed an evaluation process completed by the school board.
Talley has served in many capacities within Martinsville City Public Schools before he was named superintendent. He joined MCPS in 1978 as a history teacher, teaching at Martinsville High School for 15 years. In addition, he coached and founded the Martinsville High School Gospel Choir. He later served as assistant principal at Martinsville High School, assistant and co-principal at Martinsville Middle School, and principal at Patrick Henry Elementary School. Talley has 43 years of educational experience with the Martinsville City Public Schools.
“The Martinsville City School Board recognizes the dedication of the Superintendent, Dr. Zebedee Talley, Jr. Dr. Talley has kept the schools flowing through the pandemic, ensuring that all our students and teachers were equipped with tools necessary to succeed academically and have the best possible learning experience,” said School Board Chair Donna Dillard. “In assurance of his ongoing service in the unique, key leadership role as Division Superintendent at a time when stability of outstanding leadership is particularly important and valuable to the Division,” the board recognizes Dr. Talley for his continued service and dedication to Martinsville City Public Schools.”
“I am honored to work with our students in the Martinsville City Public Schools,” Talley said. “I look forward to continuing academic success and growth.” I thank the school board for their confidence and the opportunity to serve Martinsville City Public Schools.”