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Businesses, legislators get behind Skyward

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - Portage County lawmakers and business leaders have sent letters to Governor Scott Walker in hopes the state will reconsider the decision to award a $15 million education contract to a Minnesota company, instead of Stevens Point-based Skyward. 

Lori Dehlinger, Executive Director of the Portage County Business Council, sent out 1500 letters to her membership.  Dehlinger says, "The response has been huge. We want a second look at the decision and if it was made in an appropriate manner."

The state defends the decision to award the student information system used by state schools to another out-of-state company.

Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson plans to meet with lawmakers in Madison next week. Halverson says he has a number of ideas he plans to share.

"What we're viewing as intervening steps that can happen from Madison," he said. "One might be whether there could be a multi-vendor contract, which has really been the best practice throughout the country."

Skyward company leaders told Newsline 9 this week they plan to appeal the decision to award the contract to a different company. If the decision is not reversed company leaders say they might be forced to move out of state, taking hundreds of jobs with them.

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