After attending a news conference May 2 on the rejection by the Department of Public Instruction of the Skyward proposal, I felt compelled to write because it seems to me by the facts given there the selection made by the DPI, with oversight by Gov. Scott Walker's Department of Administration, seems a little suspect, to say the least. In February the DPI, with a committee of five unidentified people who evaluated the bids, failed to provide a fair and transparent process.
In these times of budget cuts and high unemployment should we reject, for unclear reasons, a successful well-respected Wisconsin company and contract with an out-of-state vendor with an inferior and more costly product? Over one half of Wisconsin's school districts have chosen and are happy with Skyward, its program, and very helpful, friendly customer service. Should the state go to a single vendor, why not stay with Skyward? The DPI wants to change what is not broken or necessary that will add a huge strain on school districts already tight budgets. This total cost could be in the millions.
Furthermore, an economic impact study was conducted if Skyward was to leave the state. The impact would hit Stevens Point, Portage County and surrounding counties with a hard blow, which is already suffering from the losses in the paper industry.
I would appeal to your better self and plead with you to meet with Reps. Katrina Shankland and Amy Sue Vruwink to discuss the need for Assembly Bill No. 60 to receive a hearing and a vote. This is very important to the lives of many in central Wisconsin and our state as a whole. With your help this could be handled in a common sense and nonpartisan manner.
Darlene K. Todd