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DPI promises quick review of Skyward's challenge of school software contract

Skyward Software of Stevens Point
Skyward Software of Stevens Point

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s education agency says it will promptly review a Stevens Point company’s challenge to the awarding of a $15 million software contract to a Minnesota firm.

Skyward of Stevens Point filed a formal appeal Friday to the selection of Minnesota’s Infinite Campus to run a statewide information database of all Wisconsin public and charter school students.

The Department of Public Instruction received the appeal, and promised a quick decision.

Skyward said the selection process was not fair or transparent – and the Stevens Point company said it should get the contract or the entire process should be voided. Skyward said it found problems that allowed Infinite Campus to score better – and the costs of each company’s proposal were not evaluated correctly.

The state had a former Doyle attorney observe the process, and she found no problems. And Infinite Campus said everything was fair and square.

But Skyward said if it doesn’t win the contract, schools that already use Skyward’s system will have to pay more to convert to the new operation – and it wouldn’t leave Skyward with enough business to keep the company in Wisconsin.

Some school districts say they should have the choice of both firms, but the governor and Legislature approved only a single vendor for the school database.

DPI Superintendent Tony Evers defended the single vendor concept, saying it’s more efficient and its saves money.