The board tonight hired the Wausau-based Ruder Ware law firm.
The Wasau School District Board hopes the investigation will result in interviews, a timeline of what happened and a conclusion after gathering the facts.
Clarity for the board is the reason for the investigation, and the district superintendent Kathleen Williams said she welcomes it, too.
"There has been innuendo of what happened, what didn't happen, who knew," Williams said. "And I say, have at it. Talk to those people."
The board chose the local firm of Ruder Ware because the firm is familiar with the climate and culture of the Wausau community.
"I'm guessing those individuals have read the paper," Williams said. "I hope that they bring no bias into the investigation."
Williams requested during the meeting Monday night that if anyone on the board posted on social media about the controversy, that they should be forth coming.
"I do know that did in fact happen," Williams said about board members posting on social media.
Even if Williams said she's confident in the facts that will come to the surface, she still hopes it's those facts that will help clear that confusion and stop public backlash all together that she still experiences.
"Initially, it's very hurtful when people are going after you're credibility," Williams said.
Whether or not the decision wasn't clear to everyone about postponing the Christmas concerts or temporarily disbanding the Master Singers, a Wausau East High select choral group, hopefully the facts will surface soon.
"My hope is that this report will help us, learn some things," Wausau School Board President Michelle Schaefer said. "... and get back to the business of educating kids."
The board motioned that Ruder Ware not cost any more than $4,000.
Also Williams' performance review was decided a couple weeks ago to move forward, but that wasn't discussed Monday night.
This controversy started at the beginning of October after reports said school administrators told choir directors to cut way down or take religious songs out of concerts completely based on advice from its attorney.
Although the school denied giving them a quota for religious songs, the choir director of elite Master Singers at Wausau West High School disbanded the group.
The school board voted to go back to the old policy after hundreds filled the Wausau East auditorium, mostly expressing outrage by the change.
The master singers got back together again, and the school board also ordered a performance review of Williams.
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