Berkeley County schools chief to be arraigned Friday

Rodney Thompson

Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Rodney Thompson is set to have a bond hearing Friday in Richland County.

Thompson, 48, was indicted Wednesday by the state grand jury on a misdemeanor ethics charge involving public corruption in connection with the district’s 2012 Yes 4 Schools campaign, a $198 million program to build and renovate schools.

The indictment alleges that Thompson authorized and agreed to the production and dissemination of pro-referendum campaign materials and communications using public resources.

He is on paid leave from his $168,714-a-year job.

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