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Schools react to latest Skyward news

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NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN (WAOW) -

School districts are reacting, after a big decision that affects students across the state. The decision centers on a multi-million dollar education contract.

A Wisconsin company was passed up for that contact, but a move by the legislature has given them new hope.

School districts across Wisconsin have long been wondering which company will provide valuable education software, even after the contract was awarded to a Minnesota-based company. A recent vote in a budget committee gave them a better idea.

"I'm happy that we don't have to change and I think the people using Infinite Campus like it as well," said Wausau School District Technology Director Bryon Kolbeck.

Infinite Campus of Minnesota was one of several companies bidding for a multi-million dollar contract. Another company is Stevens Point based Skyward. State education leaders said Infinite Campus was the best choice.

A committee voted just this week to allow multiple companies to continue to sell their product, and Infinite Campus was not pleased. School leaders who already use either software, said they're happy they don't have to switch.

"For us, I don't see a lot of impact. If two vendors are allowed and Infinite Campus is one of them, so I don't see a lot of impact on our end," Kolbeck told Newsline 9.

While the Wausau School District uses Infinite Campus, Merrill Area Schools use Skyward.

"I think there is probably a long way to go, so we are kind of in a wait and see attitude right now. But I am hopeful that the state will make the right decision and allow a multi-vendor approach," said Merrill School District Director of Finance Brian Dasher.

Officials in the Merrill School District estimate the cost to switch to Infinite Campus would be more than $100,000. That's why they say they're hopeful that's a cost they won't have to bear.

"It's not something we have in the budget right now to do, or any time in the near future," said Dasher.

This latest decision still has a long way to go. Both the full assembly and state senate would still have to pass the measure. Then, it would go to Governor Scott Walker's office for approval.

In the meantime, Skyward is appealing the state's original decision to award the contract to Infinite Campus.

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