MADISON, Wis. (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.
Statement from Infinite Campus:
Infinite Campus supports any disappointed bidders right to continue in the procurement process. That process will run its course. Today's Skyward press release offers no substance or reason for the protest, and as such we are unable to comment on the merits of their protest.
We have reason to believe that the process was fair, transparent, and open. An independent observer was brought in to ensure transparency and no one questions her objectivity. She has issued a report on this matter and the report is publicly available.
The merits of a single vendor system versus a multi-vendor approach are irrelevant as it relates to the bid process. The RFP called for a single statewide vendor system and that is the proposal Infinite Campus put forward. The abstract of final technical and cost scores clearly shows Infinite Campus received the highest technical score at the lowest cost to the State.
There have been allegations made in social media about our purported relationship with Governor Walker. To be absolutely clear, no executive from Infinite Campus made any contributions to any candidate or party at any level in Wisconsin. The allegations are simply not true.
Any further public comments from Infinite Campus at this time would be inappropriate as the bid process needs to run its course.
Chief Operating Officer