- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Jersey school board is one step closer to allowing its high school principal, a retired police officer, to start carrying a firearm on campus.

The Passaic Valley school board voted Tuesday night in favor of a policy to permit Raymond Rotella, who served 25 years with the Little Falls Police Department, to carry a gun on the job, The Record newspaper reports.

The vote, approved 8-0, is the first of two required to adopt the policy.

“The recommended action is to hunker down, but that is not the recommended direction here as long as Mr. Rotella is on the job,” Superintendent Viktor Joganow told the paper.

If the policy is approved, Mr. Rotella’s permission to carry a weapon will be specific to him, and will not be transferred to his successor, officials told the paper.