Hundreds of people packed the Wausau School Board's special meeting to address an administrative decision to limit religious music at holiday concerts.
Even before dozens of residents spoke on the matter Thursday night, the board voted to return to an older policy in which individual principals will review the song selections for performances.
Daily Herald Media said many who spoke at the meeting directed their anger toward Superintendent Kathleen Williams. She said the intention was never to ban religious music entirely. Administrators were concerned that performances by the elite choir Master Singers' that included Christmas carols was an endorsement of religion and in violation of the Constitution.
The board also voted to place the decision about whether elementary schools will hold winter concerts back in the hands of principals.