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CHOIR LEADER SUSPENDED OVER CONCERT'S CONTENT

A high school choir director was suspended after leading a concert that administrators said contained too many Christian references. About half of the songs at Tuesday's concert in Highland High School had Christian themes, and none referred to any other religion.

Frank Rotolo said he had made several changes to the 90-minute program, including changing the title from "A Christmas Concert" to "A Winter Concert."

District guidelines were established in May on the separation of religion from regular school activity, saying, "Schools should be religion-neutral (neither promoting nor inhibiting religious beliefs) . . . to assure comfort to all students."

School district spokesman Rick Murray said he couldn't comment on a personnel matter but said Rotolo was told several weeks earlier that school officials were concerned about the concert's content.

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