Skyward Inc., a Stevens Point a K-12 school administration software company, was dealt a blow last Friday, Feb. 1, when the state’s Department of Administration (DOA) announced plans to award a statewide student information systems (SIS) contract to Minnesota-based Infinite Campus.
Skyward, whose headquarters is at 5233 Coye Drive, Stevens Point, is in the process of appealing the decision.
“I have been in this business for 25 years. Never in my 25 years have I seen something like this,” said Scott Glinski, Skyward president and Stevens Point native. “We realize that the RFP process was flawed, and as such, and based on what we know, we think it’s only prudent that we investigate this and appeal this for our customers, for our employees and for Wisconsin taxpayers. And so that’s what we’re working on doing right now.”
A press release issued by Skyward over the weekend said, “Eleventh-hour modifications to the evaluation process clearly favored the selected vendor and disadvantaged Skyward.” Glinski said Infinite Campus’ bid documents were made available to Skyward for purposes of its appeal, but he would not comment on the specifics of what modifications were made.
“For a full two years they’ve been going through the motions and working on it,” said Glinski. “We knew it was coming around the corner, but we were shocked by the news (that Infinite Campus was selected)… That caught us by surprise.”