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
"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
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
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