Vendors have been notified by the Department of Administration that the revised due date for proposals is Tuesday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. This is exactly three weeks later than the original due date of June 19. No changes have been made to the RFP requirements. However, the State of Wisconsin will now use an independent third-party to observe and report on the evaluation process in order to ensure an additional level of impartiality and transparency. It’s encouraging that vendor interest is high. The RFP committee, comprised mainly of school district staff and guided by the DOA, will review and evaluate the proposals, including demonstrations. We are looking for additional subject matter experts to participate in the demonstrations portion to provide feedback to the review committee. If you feel you have staff with expertise in various components of a Student Information System (SIS), (e.g., gradebooks, scheduling, attendance, enrollment/registration, health, food service, IEPs, etc) and have an interest in assisting us please contact Lisa jo VonAllmen at Lisajo.VonAllmen@dpi.wi.gov.
Even with this recent delay, we expect the statewide contract to still be negotiated, awarded, and signed with a single vendor by the end of December. This timeline remains the same as before the delay. More information about the SSIS, including the latest news release, is here.