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Phoenix Principal Starts GoFundMe To Help Keep School Safety Officer

A small public elementary school district in Phoenix is asking the community for help to keep its school security officer funded.

The Wilson Elementary School District in the middle of Phoenix has just two schools, and one officer to handle both campuses.

The federal grant money to fund that school officer has run out, and another grant that could have helped keep the officer on staff was denied.

Cincy Campton is the principal at Wilson Elementary School. She says it’s frustrating the state didn’t help fund what she feels is a necessary part of the school’s faculty.

“Without him, we just feel like we’re going to be a little lost, a little less safe.”

So, Campton started a GoFundMe account to help raise the $125,000 needed to pay for salary and benefits over two years.

“We started brainstorming what were ways we can try and keep him, because schools don’t have the money to bring on another employee," said Campton.

Campton does not know why they weren’t given the school safety state grant. Other districts like Chandler, Mesa and Paradise Valley School Districtsdid receive the grant.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.