11/19/2014 10:11 EST | Updated 01/19/2015 05:59 EST

Yves Bolduc may cut number of Quebec school boards nearly in half

Education Minister Yves Bolduc is expected to announce a proposal for the merging and reorganization of school boards in Quebec, according to Radio-Canada.

Sources told CBC’s French-language service that the number of school boards will go from 72 to 46, nearly halving the number of French-language school boards.

Proposed school board structure

36 French-language school boards

7 English-language school boards

3 special-status school boards

Two of Quebec’s nine English-language school boards are expected to be merged as well.

The French-language Montreal School Board (CSDM) — the biggest one in the province — will undergo major restructuring.

Bolduc is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday. School board chairs were informed of it and will be meeting him in Quebec City on Thursday.

The low voter turnout in the school board elections held Nov. 2 is likely the catalyst for Bolduc’s new school board scenario.

Going into the election, Bolduc warned that voter turnout would be crucial in determining the future of school boards.

The day after the elections were held, he said a transformation was coming for the school board system in Quebec.

"This weak turnout shows that the current structure does not reflect the needs of the population," he said on Nov. 3.