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Wausau School Board hires Ruder Ware to investigate music controversy


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Wausau’s school board voted to hire an outside investigator to look into the recent music controversy.

The board voted unanimously to hire the law firm of Ruder Ware to dig into the series of events that led to a very upset community. The decision was to limit holiday music, and to perhaps use a quota for how many Christmas songs could be performed compared to songs of other cultures or religions during school sponsored concerts. That policy has been reversed, and board members, administrators, and the community want to know just how this could have happened. The board authorized up to $4,000 dollars to find out.

Back in the first week of October, the Wausau West Master Singers were placed on hiatus when music director Phil Buch was directed to place limits on the musical selections to comply with a school policy. That policy is now a mystery, and everyone wants to know who said what and when.

Board members Pat McKee and Kathi Whalen Geiger were absent, but the rest voted unanimously to spend up to $4,000 on the firm’s services.

Wausau Schools have reverted to previous policies for now, and the Master Singers are again practicing for holiday events.