Skyward Inc. of Stevens Point filed a formal protest Friday with the state over a $15 million school software contract awarded to an out-of-state company. Skyward's Chief Executive Officer and President are the featured guests on Capitol City Sunday this weekend. The executives say they found irregularities in the bid review process that resulted in the contract being awarded to the Minneapolis-based company Infinite Campus. The executives say they are poised to move the company out of Wisconsin if the decision isn't reversed. Skyward currently provides student information services for half of the school districts in Wisconsin. "We were looking at a $20 million expansion with a brand new corporate office and looking at hiring around 600 people in the long-term," said Skyward president Scott Glinski.WEDC's new leader, Reid Hall, also couldn't believe what happened. From WPT's Here and Now:
Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson seemed a bit on edge about the incredible short shortsightedness of the choice, pointing out how many other states are going from one to multiple software vendors to create competition and lower cost, and that the conversion costs will be a burden on the local school districts. From Here and Now:
Watch Rep. Robin Vos pass the blame onto Superintendent Tony Evers, and not the DOA. Will someone else pour a beer over his head please. The "job creators" are watching, and it doesn't look good.