06/10/2013 01:30 EDT | Updated 08/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Former deputy minister to head review of school closures in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX - A former deputy minister in Nova Scotia has been appointed to head a committee to develop a new review process for school closures in the province.

Robert Fowler was most recently the mayor of Bridgetown and has 34 years of experience in the civil service.

In April, Education Minister Ramona Jennex asked the province's school boards to suspend all school closures until next year, saying the review process has become adversarial and upsetting for parents and school boards.

The Education Department says the composition of the committee is being finalized and will include representatives from government departments, school boards and municipalities.

The committee is expected to release a discussion paper by September.

Parents, school boards and communities will then be asked for feedback before a new policy is put in place by next spring.