P.E.I.'s Education Minister says the province is making progress in merging the two English school boards.

In a news release, Alan McIssac said the transition team is focusing on developing a single structure for measuring student achievement and delivering education.

"The board has been officially named, the superintendent and management team are in place, and a plan as been approved for trustee appointments," said the release.

The P.E.I. English Language School Board will now be lead by Jane McMillan, current head of the Western School Board. She will be joined by two interim trustees in July, and they will stay on until permanent appointments are made effective Jan. 1.

Parents were supposed to vote on new trustees earlier in the week, but the province announced it will make the appointments instead.

The merger came under fire when it was first announced in the throne speech in April. The decision was announced just two days after an Education Governance Commission recommended the boards not be merged.