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More than a month has passed since the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

In an effort to be proactive and productive in response, state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich organized a meeting with law enforcement and borough officials from within the 114th district on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Kavulich, Old Forge mayor Michele Avvisato and officer in charge Kim Buggey, police chiefs Joseph Laguzzi of Clarks Summit, Charles Mauer of Moosic, Len Mickavicz of Taylor and Jim Romano of Scott Township discussed safety and security measures currently in place and how to improve upon them.

"We live in a world where these issues have to be discussed and acted upon immediately," Kavulich said. "We can no longer use funding as an excuse to fail to invest in school security and safety. As we go forward, any discussion on education funding must include funding for school safety."

As a result of the meeting, Kavulich plans to introduce legislation mandating emergency lockdown drills in all Pennsylvania Schools. "The overall idea of emergency preparedness is to raise awareness and train staff, students and visitors alike on what to do in the event of an emergency," he said. "While fire drills have proven to be an effective way in preventing the loss of lives in our public schools, a lockdown drill focuses on securing the interior of the building as well as having a centralized meeting location for those who might be outside the building at the time such an emergency might occur."