Infinite Campus head decries reversal on Skyward

Stevens Point-based co. pushed Minn. provider out

The head of a Minnesota company that stands to lose an $80 million contract for a statewide student information system in Wisconsin is fighting back.

Infinite Campus founder and chief executive officer Charlie Kratsch was at the Capitol on Thursday. He left Minneapolis shortly after the Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee voted Wednesday to essentially undo the awarding of a contract to his company which beat out Skyward of Stevens Point.

The action came after an intense lobbying effort by Skyward, which had threatened to pull its business and 290 jobs out of Wisconsin if it lost the contract.

Kratsch said he doesn’t believe that threat, which he calls a red herring. He said Skyward held its employees hostage during the political debate over awarding the contract.