MADISON (AP) - A Wisconsin-based school software provider has filed a protest with the state over its losing of a $15 million contract to a Minnesota company.
Skyward Inc. said Friday it had filed the protest with Gov. Scott Walker's administration, saying its bid was lower than the bid winner Infinite Campus of Blaine, Minn.
The contract winner will be the sole provider of student information systems to Wisconsin's more than 440 school districts and non-district charter schools.
The state said that week that Infinite Campus had the highest scoring proposal based on several criteria, including having the highest technical score and the lowest cost.
Democratic Wisconsin lawmakers have complained that Skyward's losing of the bid could result in a loss of jobs in the state.
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STEVENS POINT, WI – February 8, 2013 – Skyward, Inc., an industry leading K-12 school administration software provider serving 50 percent of Wisconsin school districts, issued the following statement:
We have reviewed the available information and have submitted our notice to protest the decision on the statewide student information system with the Department of Administration (DOA). This protest follows established guidelines from DOA in respect to the Request for Proposal for the Wisconsin Statewide Student Information System.
This protest is within standard practice for a decision of this magnitude, especially considering the negative impact it will have on Wisconsin school districts, tax payers, and job growth across Wisconsin. Based on an analysis of the long-term expenses, Skyward is less expensive and will result in $2.6 million savings annually. We are confident that Skyward provides the greatest return for Wisconsin taxpayers compared to the selected, Minnesota-based vendor.
Additionally, implementation costs identified by the Department of Public Instruction that would be the responsibility of each school district were not considered in the evaluation. A decision to switch to this selected vendor would place an additional and major implementation expense on 90% of Wisconsin school districts, and ultimately the Wisconsin taxpayer.
Skyward is encouraged and thankful for the outpouring of support it has received across the entire state to protest this decision, especially from our loyal and satisfied customers who have chosen to use our services because of their exceptional quality and value.