UPDATE: Skyward files Appeal over Contract Denial

By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email
By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 5/9 at 4:51 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin-based Skyward Inc. has filed an appeal with the state over the denial of its protest over losing a multimillion dollar contract to a Minnesota company.

Skyward, of Stevens Point, said Thursday it filed the appeal because it believes the state of Wisconsin unfairly awarded the contract to run a statewide student information system to Infinite Campus of Minnesota.

Skyward's protest was rejected last week by the state Department of Public Instruction. Its appeal goes to Gov. Scott Walker's Department of Administration.

Skyward employs about 270 people statewide. It has threatened to leave Wisconsin if it loses the contract.

Multiple reviews of the bid process both by the DPI and independent observers have determined that nothing was done inappropriately. But Skyward says the bid process wasn't fair, transparent or open.

UPDATE: 5/3 at 11:06 a.m.

A spokesperson for Skyward tells NewsChannel 7 in a press release that company will file an appeal with the Department of Administration.

Thursday, the Department of Public Instruction,(DPI) rejected Skyward's formal protest. Skyward says they stand behind their previous statements that the SSIS, (statewide student-information system) evaluation was a flawed and unfair process.

Skyward says, if necessary following the appeal, it will exercise all possible legal options.

ORIGINAL STORY: 5/2 at 1:23 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Public Instruction has rejected a protest filed by a Stevens Point company that lost out on a contract to run a student information system in the state's schools.

Skyward Inc., filed the protest in February arguing that the process awarding the bid to Minnesota's Infinite Campus was unfair.

But the DPI said Thursday in a letter obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday that it had completed its review and determined the bid was properly awarded. Former state Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske also reviewed the process and found no problems.

The contract could be worth as much as $80 million over the next decade. Skyward had asked that either it be awarded the contract or that all bids be thrown out.

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