She will serve time at the federal correctional facility in Alderson, W. Va. that has been dubbed "camp cupcake" for its relatively comfortable facilities.
Klimkowski also agreed to pay restitution for her crimes.
In the months that followed, Klimkowski cooperated with federal prosecutors in the successful prosecution of her former boss, Russo, who is currently serving 22 years in prison on corruption charges.
She also admitted taking bribes in return for school contracts involving the Maple Heights school system while she served as a school board member.
According to court documents, Klimkowski asked U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi for leniency for her crimes, citing her age, health conditions, lack of criminal history and willingness to take responsibility for her crimes.