Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Berkeley CSD's Kovach's Indictment a Travesty

Does anyone believe that Berkeley County School District's communications director Amy Kovach dreamed up on her own the district's support of the Yes4Schools campaign in 2012? Really?

It's a dirty not-so-little not-so secret in every school district in South Carolina that every possible asset is used to push approval of school referendums. I challenge you to prove otherwise.

Why pick on Amy? According to the news story,

Already accused of improperly trying to influence the outcome of an election, Berkeley County School District's communications director now faces a second charge related to the same 2012 Yes 4 Schools referendum.
Amy Kovach, 43, was indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury Tuesday on one count of forgery, a felony that carries a fine and up to five years in jail. 
"To say that I'm shocked would be a gross understatement," Kovach's lawyer, Jerry Theos, said after the indictment was announced. "The Attorney General's Office didn't advise me in advance that they were seeking an indictment. They have not provided me ... with a copy of the indictment. I have no idea what it would be based upon, but there is no evidence whatsoever to support the charge." 
According to the indictment, Kovach created a false, backdated invoice from the district to the Yes 4 Schools campaign in November 2013 in "an attempt to establish that she had intended to have public funds repaid to the county" that were spent on campaign materials. The invoice was for less than $10,000, according to the indictment.


Anonymous said...

How lazy. Instead of supporting your claim, you challenge others to debunk it.
You're the worst.

Hungryneck said...

Why no similar charges against Charleston County School District officials for doing almost the same thing in 2010? By officials, I mean a former board chairman, the superintendent and the chief financial officer who have all been directly involved with trying to influence the outcome of an election. The Post and Courier is all over Berkeley County but Charleston's school district gets a free pass and a new reporter who knows almost nothing. CCSD forks over more than $45,000 annually to the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and then fills its public oversight committees with Chamber officials. No wonder the Chamber is running the new Yes 4 Schools campaign. The Chamber even openly buys seats on the county school board. It's a broken record, but no one is calling it fowl in Charleston County. Why not?

Concerned Taxpayer said...

The travesty is using taxpayer resources to "tip the scale" in a bond referendum or election. That is a tactic employed in banana republics and we should be better than that. I don't like my tax dollars used against me or my fellow citizens. I thought school taxes were meant for teaching not campaigning.