by: Erica Byfield Updated:
DECATUR, Ga. - The process to select six replacements for the DeKalb County School Board is under way.
The nomination panel Gov. Nathan Deal commissioned began reading through hundreds of applications Friday afternoon.
The group is expected to provide a short list of names to the governor within a matter of days.
As of the Wednesday deadline, more than 400 people submitted applications to be considered for openings.
Deal needs to replace six suspended DeKalb County board members.
Channel 2 Action News has learned the panel immediately cut the list of applications by
first weeding out the people who applied and do not live in DeKalb County. Secondly, they eliminated applicants who do not meet the legal standards to be a school board member in Georgia.
The chairman of the nomination panel told Channel 2's Erica Byfield finalist interviews should begin on Saturday.
Deal's office released the list Thursday of the 403 people who want to become board members.
Earlier this week, a federal judge upheld the governor's decision to replace six suspended DeKalb County School Board members.
The chairman of the nominating panel told Byfield he hopes to reduce the list to 75 candidates later that evening.