10/17/2014 12:52 EDT | Updated 12/17/2014 05:59 EST

Nova Scotia school boards required to identify schools up for possible closure

HALIFAX - School boards in Nova Scotia are now required to identify schools that are under review for possible closure.

The provincial government has proclaimed amendments to the Education Act that were introduced in April.

Those changes will also see the creation of a local committee that will conduct school reviews and include public consultation.

School boards will remain responsible for the final decision on whether a school is closed.

A number of schools in Nova Scotia have been shut down due to a declining student population and aging infrastructure.