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Wausau School Board moving forward with music investigation


The Wausau School Board is moving forward with an outside investigation about a recent Christmas music controversy.
The controversy started earlier this month, when the district proposed limiting religious music in holiday concerts.

The superintendent said it stemmed from the threat of a lawsuit.

But after huge backlash, the district held off on any changes.

Still, the board decided to review the superintendent's performance and investigate what started the controversy.

Monday, school board members made a few decisions about the investigation. That includes things like a timeline and how much they want to spend.

School board members voted unanimously to moved forward with a bid from Ruder-Ware, a Wausau law firm.

Members made a list of who should be interviewed and also decided to keep the cost of an investigation to less than $4,000.

Board members said they hope the investigation will produce a timeline of what happened and a better understanding of the role social media may have played.

"I say have at it, talk to all those people, I'm not the least bit concerned about what they're going to find and I'm looking really forward to that investigation being conducted," said Kathleen Williams, Wausau School District Superintendent.

According to a bid letter from Ruder-Ware, results from the investigation would be compiled into a report and presented to the board.

Board members also shared their concerns about the length of the investigation and money.

No timeframe for the investigation was set.

Still, board members said the move is all about getting to the bottom of what happened.

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