Education minister Alan McIsaac says about 25 people have applied to become trustees on the province's new English-language school board so far.

Some of them are former trustees of the Eastern School Board, who were fired by the previous education minister.  

McIsaac says all the names put forward will go to cabinet. Eleven will be chosen for appointment to the new board.  

"We're looking for people who will represent the province from east to west, a good mix on the gender side and people who have some experience in working with boards, with the education system," he said.

McIssac said applicants have to have "a deep regard for our educational system here because we want to have the strongest board possible."  

The trustees are due to start their terms this January.

The new board will make recommendations on conditions for school board elections, to be held some time in the future, although McIsaac won't say when that might be.

McIsaac says he's expecting more applications Tuesday, the last day they can be submitted.

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

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