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Wausau schools Christmas music flap report due out January 3

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - School officials in Wausau are expected to release a report January 3rd on a two-month investigation into a school Christmas music controversy.

The report was due out by now -- but officials held it back to give rank and file school employees named in the report a chance to respond.  

In late October, the School Board hired the Ruder Ware law firm to get to the bottom of how a plan came about to limit Christmas music in holiday concerts by school district choral groups.  

The idea was scrapped after a high school director put his group on hiatus, saying the plan would eliminate 15 Christmas programs for community groups.

Monday night, the School Board was told the report's disclosure could be further delayed if disciplinary action is sought against a rank and file worker. Apparently, that won't be the case.  

The state Open Records Law does not give administrators the same courtesies -- and Wausau Superintendent Kathleen Williams has received the brunt of the criticism.  

Two School Board members wanted her to apologize for the controversy, while the investigation was still taking place. Williams said the request would judge her guilty before all the facts are in. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)