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Wausau school board candidate says he was wronged


Ethical questions are being raised surrounding the Wausau School Board. This comes after several members running in an upcoming election received an edge for a candidate forum.

Three seats are up for grabs this year on the Wausau School Board. Four people are running, and three of them are incumbents.

The Wausau Education Association held a forum on Tuesday so members can get to know those running.

In that forum, candidates answer a number of questions relating to the district. An incumbent candidate says School Board President Michelle Schaefer gave him the questions ahead of time. But they weren't given to everyone running.

"Three people were going to have a night to prepare their answers and I would be expected to give them on the spot," School Board Candidate Matt Young said.

Young is the only non-incumbent running, and while the association president told Newsline 9 the questions were thrown out, Young still decided not to go to the forum.

I haven't heard any other candidates speak to why they think it was right that they took them," Young told Newsline 9.

The school board president wouldn't confirm that she handed out the questions. Instead, just releasing a statement to Newsline 9 saying in part, "I believe that my six plus year tenure on the board has proven that I have worked hard for the good of the Wausau school district."

This controversy has one school board member calling for resignations of those involved.

"This has got to be one of the most unethical things I can possibly imagine from a school board member, much less the school board president," current school board member Pat McKee said.

"Whether they should resign, I'll leave that for others to say," Young said.

Although they didn't want to speak on camera, I did talk to the three other incumbent candidates. They say they see no reason to resign.

That challenger Matt Young says he plays to continue on with the process. The school board election is coming up on April 2nd.

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