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Wausau School District backs off limiting Christmas music by choral groups

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - The Wausau School District is backing off from its administrative policy of limiting Christmas music by choral groups -- at least until after the holidays.

The School Board held a closed session Thursday evening to discuss a possible lawsuit in the matter. Then, around 50 people spoke their minds on the issue as over 450 others looked on.

The original policy from school administrators would have resulted in elementary schools canceling their holiday programs -- and the Wausau West High School Master Singers scrapping around 15 community appearances in December that feature Christmas carols.

Now, the West Master Singers will start rehearsing again on Monday -- and elementary principals can once again schedule concert dates.

School Board member Pat McKee suggested having a large panel look at the issue after the holidays, and get many more community groups to provide input.

Wausau Superintendent Kathleen Williams said earlier this week she was most concerned about not breaking the law by endorsing a particular religion. She said officials never dictated a certain ratio of holiday songs to others -- and she's still working with the Master Singers' director on a compromise for that group's holiday concerts.