Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson calls the Wisconsin Department of Administration's decision to give a Minnesota company a $15 million education services contract over a Wisconsin company tremendously shortsighted.
The department made the announcement Friday, saying it chose Minnesota-based Infinite Campus Inc. to be the sole provider of student information systems to more than 440 Wisconsin school districts and charter schools.
It also said Infinite Campus had the highest scoring proposal and the lowest cost.
Skyward, a Stevens Point company, currently provides student information systems to half of Wisconsin school districts, and lost the contract.
Last year, the company told NewsChannel 7 that if they lost the contract, they'd likely move out of state, taking nearly 300 jobs.
Statement of Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson:
"It is tremendously shortsighted of this State to somehow think that spending $15,000,000.00 of our tax dollars on a outside company is a good thing. Not only will this not mean Wisconsin jobs, it will not contribute to the economic vitality that we are all trying so hard to create statewide. The Department of Public Instruction is focused on a single vendor solution for Student Information when States across the Country are turning back, knowing this is not a sound policy decision.
This is a slap in the face to Wisconsin businesses in all sectors and I hope that we all rise up to stand for Wisconsin businesses first and foremost over anything else; as our own State needs that message loud and clear from the electorate.
What a message this must be to Jim King who founded Skyward in his garage, and who built the company up to a presence in over 80% of all Wisconsin school districts. The Kings have always stood for Wisconsin and now Wisconsin is clearly not standing with them.
Wisconsin to entrepreneurs: " work hard, create jobs, and after thirty years, we'll say in essence you can't do business in your home State".
This is a sad day for Wisconsin businesses."
Skyward officials say the state's evaluation process was flawed and will challenge the decision.