- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The former spokeswoman for the Berkeley County School District has been sentenced to probation on ethics charges.

Local media outlets report that Amy Kovach was sentenced after pleading guilty Friday to misconduct in office and use of government resources to influence an election. She could have faced more than a decade in prison.

Attorneys said Kovach spent $5,000 on two videos and nearly $260 on signs for the Yes for Schools campaign.

Berkeley County voters passed the $198 million referendum in 2012 after a long campaign highlighting unsafe schools, the proliferation of trailers as classrooms and the need for better teachers.

Kovach called the passage a great win for the district and the county.

She has been on administrative leave with pay since her indictment in 2014.

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