School district leaders across Wisconsin came together today to discuss a state-wide education contract. Skyward and district officials in Stevens Point called the meeting to share concerns, with hope that something can still be done.
Stevens Point based Skyward was passed over for that contract one month ago. Some school district leaders using that system are concerned about what's next.
Skyward officials say close to 50 percent of school districts in Wisconsin use their software. Those districts were invited to a meeting in Stevens Point.
Stevens Point school district leaders and Skyward officials hosted the event to talk about the process.
"What I'm looking for as a superintendent is to see how many of the districts that were invited see the same kinds of concerns that we see and perhaps come together to take come further steps," Stevens Point Superintendent Attila Weninger said.
"They're going to know what it actually means to their district, the actual cost of switching to a different product," Skyward CEO Cliff King.
Last year, the state announced it would open up bids for a $15 million education contract.
In the end, Minnesota company called Infinite Campus was selected. The state said Infinite Campus would provide the product at the lowest cost.
But Skyward leaders say the process was not fair or accurate, and they've decided to appeal.
"If they can still use our software, their cost is zero. It's hard to beat zero," King said.
I have reached out to officials at Infinite Campus numerous times. So far, I've received no response, but state officials say the process was fair.
Skyward employs more than 300 people in Wisconsin. Leaders there say if they can't sell their product here, they may move elsewhere.
Weninger says he hopes school leaders who were invited go back to their districts and take a look at what the conversion could mean to them.
"This is about what happened in the process statewide, where many districts are going to be affected financially," Weninger said.
In the meantime, Skyward leaders say they're waiting to hear word on their appeal.