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City will fund officers at Tempe high schools

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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 9:53 pm | Updated: 10:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

With the Tempe Union High School District denied funding to have police officers on campus, the city is stepping in to help.

But only this once, the Tempe City Council took pains to note.

The council decided Tuesday night to provide $165,000 for officers at the district's four high schools within city limits: Corona del Sol, McClintock, Marcos de Niza and Tempe.

Aid, coming from the city's dwindling contingency fund, will be made official at next month's meeting.

It is not known what the district would do with its two schools in Phoenix: Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe.

Two months ago, the Arizona Department of Education denied grant requests for school resource officers to more than 40 percent of the state's schools that applied. Of the 155 denials, 99 came at schools that received funding last year - including Tempe's four.

As superintendent Steve Adolph told the council, the district was "extremely surprised" by the state's decision. The district has received grant funding every year since 1998.

Other schools that lost out on funding dipped into their budget overrides for the money - but district voters denied the district its request for an override in November.

That left the district with few options other than appealing the state's decision and asking the city for help.

There was little hesitation from the council to pitch in, as long as Adolph recognized its demand that the district make it a priority to provide its own funding in the future.

At one point, Councilman Ben Arredondo pointed to the city's seal and read its words: City of Tempe, Arizona - "It doesn't say, 'City of Tempe Bank, Arizona.'"

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