Superintendent of Schools


        Larry Derico, Ed.D.
 Superintendent of Schools

Larry D. Derico, Ed.D., is in his first year as Superintendent of the Thomaston-Upson School System. He is an alumnus of Columbus College (Bachelor of Science), Troy State University (Master of Science), Columbus State University (Specialist in Education), and South Carolina State University, where he earned a Doctor of Education degree in 2009. Dr. Derico has worked  as a teacher and Assistant Principal in both the Meriwether and Thomaston-Upson School System. In 2005, he moved to the T-U District Office, where he has served as Director of Federal Programs (2005-2010), Director of Curriculum & Instruction (2010-2014), and, most recently, Assistant Superintendent (2014-May 2018).

Dr. Derico has a history of community involvement. He currently serves on the board of Unite Upson Community Collaborative. He is an ex officio board member of the Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce, a member of Industry Roundtable, 

and a graduate of Leadership Upson. He has previously served on the Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority, the local Family, Youth, and Children's Alliance (FYCA), United Way, Upson County Archives, and Upson County Board of Elections.

Dr. Derico's wife, Nita, is an elementary teacher in the Thomaston-Upson School System. They have two children, a son, who is a graduate of Upson-Lee High School, and a daughter, who is currently attending Upson-Lee Elementary School. He and his wife are members of New Life Church and are involved in a number of outreach ministries with their church.