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Wausau School Board under fire by some parents

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Local Parents Group Call For Change

New Billboard on Grand Avenue said to be a call for change.  

Wausau School Board opted for a mask-optional policy this school year – inspiring parents on both sides to voice their opinion on the issue.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- Wausau School Board opted for a mask-optional policy this school year – inspiring parents on both sides to voice their opinion on the issue.

Including a billboard.

"We deserve to be listened to too. These kids are important. I'm a grandparent of a Wausau student and these kids are important. Their lives are important,” says Founder of Keeping Wausau Kids Safe and Parents Informed Mary Hoeff.

Keeping Wausau Kids Safe and Parents Informed, a local parents’ group, joined together to create and design a billboard. It was originally seen as a newspaper ad in Wausau City Pages, but felt their message needed a greater presence, Hoeff said.

Wausau School Board President Patrick McKee said the Grand Avenue billboard will not change the current policy. Over his last 10 years on the board, he says the past two have been increasingly ‘dynamic’. He even reported a few board members in the past few years have been confronted at their homes angry over policies. Social media posts were also seen threatening more unwanted visits.  

“People can disagree with the decisions. They can disagree with the votes. They can disagree positions, but, at the end of the day, the people that run for these positions, be it school board and others in general, are absolute trying to do their level best in terms of what they think is best for the people they represent,” relayed president McKee.

Threats like Board President McKee mentioned are driving dozens across the country to resign from their school board positions. None have resigned in Wausau just yet. The issue grew to reach the ears of President Biden who employed the FBI to start an investigation on a few of the discrepancies.

We’ll keep you updated on their findings.

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