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Skyward files another appeal for public school student database contract

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A Stevens Point company has filed another appeal to try and win a statewide contract to install a new statewide public school student database.

Skyward argues that state officials used a biased and flawed system when it gave Infinite Campus of Minnesota a $15 million software contract.

The state Department of Public Instruction rejected Skyward’s appeal last week. The firm filed a new challenge Thursday with the state Administration Department.

About half of Wisconsin’s school districts use Skyward for their local student databases – and some districts said it would cost them up to a half-million dollars if they had to convert to the Infinite Campus system.

Skyward has said it would leave Wisconsin if it doesn’t win the appeal, and move to another state where it can do business.

Infinite Campus serves about 10 percent of Wisconsin schools, and some state lawmakers say there’s room for both companies.

Legislators of both parties say they have bills allowing more than one vendor for the new student database. Several officials and groups have written the Administration Department on Skyward’s behalf. U.S. House Democrat Ron Kind of La Crosse is among the latest to do so.