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Merrill school board to discuss apparent email violation

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Merrill school board members meet at the district offices on Sales Street in Merrill
Merrill school board members meet at the district offices on Sales Street in Merrill

MERRILL, Wis (WSAU)  The Merrill School Board will discuss an apparent violation of the district's email and computer policy by the school board president when it meets in March. Lin Kautza sent an email to the entire school district staff thanking them for their support after she won a spot on the ballot after this month's primary. And she asked for the staff's continued support in the general election in April.

There are two possible violations. First, school district email and computers are not allowed to be used for political purposes. Second, the district's list of staff email accounts can't be used for non-official business. It's not clear what the penalties might be for violating those policies.

Kautza has been traveling outside the country, and has not been available for comment. The school district's lawyer has been asked to review the situation. It will be on the school board's agenda when they meet in March.

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