04/28/2015 11:59 EDT | Updated 08/01/2015 10:59 EDT

English school boards hire lawyer to preserve board elections

The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) is preparing for a legal battle in the fight to preserve the province's school board electoral system.

Earlier this month, Education Minister François Blais said he will abolish school board elections.

The decision to axe the electoral system hits English school boards especially hard, because of their status as a minority in the province.

QESBA representatives met with Blais following that announcement and said the meeting was "very difficult."

"We have held lengthy discussions with our members, and the answer is simple: we will never give up our elections or our minority rights," said association president David D'Aoust.

"Abolishing our elected system has absolutely no benefit to the classroom or our community," D'Aoust said. 

QESBA said it will be represented by Michael Bergman, a lawyer specializing in the constitutional rights of minority groups.