About 400 applicants, including 19 from Dunwoody and two from Brookhaven, are seeking interim positions on the DeKalb County school board, the governor’s office announced on March 7.

A total of 403 people applied for seats that had been held by board members removed from office by Gov. Nathan Deal, the governor’s office said. Deal said he would remove six school board members after the state education board recommended they be replaced.

Applicants from Dunwoody include former state Sen. Dan Weber and former mayoral candidate Bob Dallas.

Deal’s action followed a decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a school accreditation agency, to put the DeKalb system on probation.  The agency criticized the school board for mismanagement of the system.

Deal said he had asked a nominating committee to submit two nominees for each open seat on the board. A statement released by Deal’s office on March 7 did not say when the appointments would be made.

“I met yesterday with [Interim DeKalb] Superintendent Michael Thurmond, and we know the time-sensitive importance of restoring the board so it can get to work putting the school system back on the right track,”  Deal said in a press release.

Dunwoody applicants are: Shari Ariall, Kate Butler-Plumb, Stephen T. Chipka, Paula Collins Watson, Jada Cruce, Robert Dallas, Michele de Liniere, Bob Freeman, Sonny Jester, Curt Morey, William Mulcahy, Wayne Radloff, Peter Sherman, Brian L. Sims, Gulbarg Singh Basi, Celeste Sova Strohl, Long Tran, William N. Ware III and Daniel Weber.

Brookhaven applicants are Michael Coveny and Jonathan Weintraub.

There also are three applicants from Chamblee: Jeffrey Chiu, Jim Duffie and Timothy McGauhey.

To see the full list of applicants, go to http://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2013-03-07/deal-releases-names-dekalb-applicants .

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.