Horry County School Board President Ken Richardson gave a press release at 9 a.m. this morning concerning a SLED investigation of questionable past behavior related to Horry County Schools. Communications between Robbie Ferris, First Floor CEO and President, the contractor selected to design the schools, and, Keith Powell , a school board attorney regarding First Floor’s proposal to HCS began four months before the HCS board was notified.
After S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson received a complaint, HCS Superintendent Rick Maxey was contacted by a SLED agent in December 2015 about the selection of First Floor.
In the coming weeks, the district will be releasing emails between school board attorney Keith Powell and First Floor CEO Robbie Ferris that were later forwarded to SLED, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from PAPR, an open records advocacy group.
A statement released at this morning’s press release was signed by Superintendent Maxey, board president Ken Richardson and facilities committee chair Neil James. The statement can be read just above.
The schools associated with these communications include Ten Oaks, Myrtle Beach and Socastee middle schools, St. James Intermediate School and Socastee Elementary School.
Statements from sources associated with the matter, told MyrtleBeachSC News that up to $50 million in question in regards to the agreements are part of the SLED investigation.