Governor to announce DeKalb School Board members

by: Erica Byfield Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - The public will soon learn the names of the six people who will become DeKalb County School Board members.

Gov. Nathan Deal plans to make the announcement in his office on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

"I think everybody will be encouraged when they see the qualifications the individuals that have been interviewed bring to the table," Deal said.

Channel 2's Erica Byfield met the governor after he addressed hundreds of Georgians who came to the Capitol for the state's Agriculture Day. 

Channel 2 Action New has learned the nomination panel the governor commissioned interviewed 63 people in three days to fill the slots on DeKalb County's school board. The replacements come after the suspension of six board members accused of mismangement among other allegations.

Deal said he wants the new members to get to work immediately.

"This is not a show-me proposition, this is a get to work, do the important things that we need to do to fully restore accreditation.  So that the deserving young people in this school system will not be in any way affected by the consequences of adults' actions," he said.

The governor also addressed the controversy surrounding a meeting he had with Georgia's NAACP on Monday.

Following the 90-minute closed-door session, members of the civil rights group told the media the governor made some insensitive comments about race.

Deal told Byfield what happened.

"I simply said to them since race was the only issue that they were concerned about, that if they wanted to be helpful in the process, they should encourage qualified African-Americans to offer themselves for election for this process that will be starting next year.  I don't see how anybody sees that as a derogatory statement," he said.

Deal added he wanted to discuss restoring DeKalb County's accreditation, not race.