(CNN)—One New Jersey school district is starting the new year by adding armed guards at its schools.
Starting Wednesday, armed police officers will be stationed at all schools in the Marlboro Township, New Jersey district.
The township's high school already has a uniformed officer stationed there during the day, and another officer visits both the middle and elementary schools.
But starting Wednesday, officers will man each school while students are there.
The change comes just weeks after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
"My job is to keep the jurisdiction and the people in Marlboro safe," Marlboro Township Mayor Jonathan Hornik said.
"There's 8,000 students at Marlboro Township, and right now based on advice of my police department, it is safer to have our trained police officers in the schools than not," Hornik said.
Marlboro leaders say police officers in all schools will be the new normal, while they hammer out a permanent upgraded security plan for the district.
The idea of an armed guard is similar to one proposed by the National Rifle Association, one week after the Newtown shooting.
The mayor says he came up with the idea before the N-R-A suggested it.
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