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BCSD releases statement on communications director who pleaded guilty

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The Berkeley County School District released a statement concerning the district's communications director Amy Kovach who last week pleaded guilty to one charge of misconduct in office and one count of use of government resources to influence an election. 

"The matter involving that employee, however, remains an employment matter which will be addressed consistent with District policy," read a statement by the district released Tuesday afternoon."It is incumbent upon Board members to ensure that comments are not made which would jeopardize their ability to provide employees the full due process they are entitled to under the law and District policy or which would impair their ability to sit and make decisions regarding our employes based on the facts and evidence presented to them. For these reasons, we will have no further comment." 

Kovach was sentenced to five years imprisonment, suspended to two years probation for the misconduct in office charge; and one year imprisonment, suspended to two years probation and a $25,000 fine for the use of government resources to influence an election charge.  

The two probation sentences will be served concurrently, meaning she will face only two years probation in total.

Kovach was indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury in connection with the State Law Enforcement Division investigation into the school district's investigation into the 2012 Yes 4 Schools campaign.

The referendum asked voters to approve raising taxes for a 198 million dollar school building and renovation program. 

Kovach has been on leave from her almost $80,000 a year job since February of last year.

Former schools superintendent Rodney Thompson also is facing charges in the case. Thompson was indicted by the state grand jury on a misdemeanor ethics charge involving public corruption.

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