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Former communications director files lawsuit against BCSD

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

A former communications director for the Berkeley County School District has filed a lawsuit against the district. 

According to BCSD officials, Amy Kovach's lawsuit alleges the district failed to sufficiently support her in her recent prosecution by the Attorney General's office. 

In August of 2015, Kovach pleaded guilty to one charge of misconduct in office and one count count of use of government resources to influence an election. On Sept. 8, the Berkeley County School Board fired Kovach.   

On Tuesday, school officials responded to Kovach's lawsuit by saying the district had repeatedly stated that it sought to fully respect the rights of its employees, including Kovach, involved in the Attorney General's office's prosecution and investigation into the 2012 Yes 4 Schools campaign. 

"In an effort to meet its obligations to Ms. Kovach, the District has funded her legal defense with regard to the indictment under the Ethics Act brought against her, even though the District has been repeatedly criticized by many citizens for doing so,” district officials said. 

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 referendum.

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

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.

BCSD officials released the following statement on Monday regarding Kovach's lawsuit: 

“Berkeley County School District is saddened by Ms. Amy Kovach’s law suit alleging that the District failed to sufficiently support her in her recent prosecution by the Attorney General’s office.  On the contrary, as repeatedly stated by the District, the District has sought to fully respect the rights of its employees, including Ms. Kovach, involved in the Attorney General’s office’s prosecution and  investigation relating to the 2012 school improvement bond referendum.  In an effort to meet its obligations to Ms. Kovach, the District has funded her legal defense with regard to the indictment under the Ethics Act brought against her, even though the District has been repeatedly criticized by many citizens for doing so.”

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