01/19/2016 10:12 EST | Updated 01/19/2017 00:12 EST

Alberta education minister 'disturbed' by dysfunction at Edmonton Catholic board

EDMONTON — Alberta's education minister says he is disturbed by the latest example of dysfunction at Edmonton's Catholic school board.

David Eggen says he is meeting within the next two days with a facilitator hired last fall to help the board members work together.

He says they will develop next steps after that.

Eggen's comments come after board members met without the knowledge of their chairwoman last week to send out to all parents a letter from Calgary's bishop that runs counter to the policy being pursued by the board on helping LGBTQ students.

The minister has the power to dissolve a dysfunctional board if it is deemed to be in the best interests of the district and the students.

Eggen acknowledges that is one of the tools at his disposal and says he has been thinking about it a lot in recent days.