- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - The Horry County school board has rejected the advice of a consultant to whom it paid $40,000 for guidance on which of three companies should construct five schools over the next two years.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported (http://bit.ly/1jFNnrw) the board selected North Carolina-based First Floor Energy Positive for the $240 million contract.

Consultant Louis Batson told the board the only firm within “striking range” of the original budget of just over $167 million budget was M.B. Kahn Construction Co. Inc., based in Myrtle Beach.

Documents show Horry County schools paid Batson about $40,000 in October to evaluate the proposals.

At least one school board member said although the company chosen was the most expensive, it was the only that could guarantee meeting a deadline.

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Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/

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