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School music report goes public Friday

Wausau School Board
Wausau School Board

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) --

The public should learn tomorrow what is inside of a report prepared for the Wausau School District on the recent Christmas concert controversy.

The report was prepared by attorney Kevin Terry from the Ruder Ware Law Firm at the request of the school board, which received his report December 16th. The report was kept sealed under Wisconsin open records laws until the people named in the report could augment the information or respond to the report.

Meanwhile, one of Wausau’s administrators has been forming a committee to help establish the guidelines for performing sacred music in schools so the school board can create a formal policy. Since the report from Kevin Terry is not yet public, it’s unclear if that was a recommendation in the report.

The Wausau School District has had a vague administrative rule, but no board policy, that was supposed to, “seek balance, respect and sensitivity toward all cultures and beliefs.” When the Wausau West Master Singers briefly disbanded because of the limitations, hundreds of community members spoke up, and the school board overruled the administrative rule and ordered the investigation.

With the report scheduled to go public Friday, there will be work to do to form the official policy. That means the controversy is far from over.