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Berkeley County school district addresses ethics investigation


The Berkeley County School District addressed the ongoing investigation into alleged ethics violations at a school board meeting Tuesday night. The alleged violations happened in November during a school-improvement bond referendum.

According to a letter from the Attorney General's Office, authorities received information of "potential numerous violations" of the South Carolina Ethics Act regarding a $198 million school improvement bond referendum. November's referendum raised property taxes to generate revenue for the schools in the district.

"From everything I know, every one of our school employees acted in good faith in efforts related to the much needed school referendum," says Doug Cooper, a school board member. "A small group of disgruntled opponents with own personal family and political agendas would like you to think otherwise."

A few people who attended the meeting addressed the allegations. One woman said she did not agree with how the district handled them.

"If people are working their job as employees of the school district, and they're engaging in behavior that is contrary to the plain-written, ordinary, easily understood law, that's not doing your job in good faith."

In March, the district voted to pay for the legal fees of the employees being investigated.

Superintendent Rodney Thompson also received a public performance evaluation. He was given an overall rating of excellence, a 4 percent raise, and a one-year extension of his contract.

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