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Skyward's expansion bringing jobs and economic boost

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

Skyward officials say they plan to build a new headquarters and add jobs right here in central Wisconsin.

This comes just days after the governor signed the state budget.

The budget included a provision that benefited Skyward. Now company leaders are talking about their expansion.

Skyward provides school information software to 1,500 school districts across the globe.The company said it was threatened when it lost a bid for a statewide system in Wisconsin.

But the legislature scrapped that idea in the budget the governor signed on Sunday.

"We plan to add 250-500 jobs in the next five years and grow to 1,000 employees within 10 years," said Scott Glinski, Skyward president.

Glinski adds that Skyward is now trying to find land for its new multi-story headquarters.

Stevens Point leaders say the creation of more jobs will be an economic boost to the area.

"The whole idea of families being able to have long term futures here as they grow up with the company is a phenomenal vision for a future," said Patty Drier, Portage County executive.

Drier believes this is a great opportunity for students in the area.

"The fact that you would have more opportunities for graduates from U-W Stevens Point," added Drier.

Officials at Skyward tell Newsline 9 around 90% of the hiring done this year will be done throughout the Stevens Point area.

They will rely heavily on partnerships such as the one that with UW-Stevens Point.

"They work really closely with us, we've posted many positions for them both with students on an ongoing basis while they're going to school as well as graduates after they're through with their education," said Lori Walters of UW-Stevens Point career services.

Skyward officials say these will be high paying jobs.

"Our average compensation with benefits is right around $90,000," said Glinski.

Company leaders add that they hope to break ground on the new headquarters by next year.

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