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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - Skyward Inc. said Thursday it's challenging again the awarding of a $15 million contract to a Minnesota company to run a student information system in the state's schools.

The company said it has formally asked the state Department of Administration for a "'just and impartial evaluation" of what Skyward called a "flawed and unfair" process that awarded the contract to Infinite Campus.

A week ago, the state Department of Public Instruction rejected Skyward's protest that the contract was improperly awarded.

The contract could be worth as much as $80 million over the next decade. Skyward had asked that either it be awarded the contract or that all bids be thrown out.

Skyward argued its proposal was "conservatively" $14.5 million less than Infinite Campus' bid over the 10-year term of the contract.

DPI said its review of the bidding process found that Skyward's protest lacked merit and no law was violated. Former state Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske also reviewed the process and found no problems.

In a statement Thursday, Skyward said it "believes it can offer Wisconsin schools and districts a dramatic cost savings."

Newsline 9 has repeatedly tried to contact Infinite Campus officials, but they haven't returned our calls.

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