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Dallas SWAT train at Bishop Lynch High School

UBA OKEREKE | 6/16/2013, 7:02 p.m.

The Dallas Examiner

Bishop Lynch Catholic High School and Dallas SWAT collaborated last week to make use of the school’s old buildings before its scheduled demolition to assist police with training.

The SWAT school safety training was conducted from June 5 through June 8 after students left campus for the summer. Officers said it was an experience to train at a real school facility. The partnership provided a training ground for the Dallas Police Department and built excitement into the second phase of the school’s $22 million expansion project.

Dallas SWAT returned to perform a final demonstration when the community gathered Saturday to celebrate the demolition and launch of the construction project.

The demolition made way for construction of a new student complex for arts and athletics, the largest construction project in school history. The two-story design includes 45,000 square feet of new construction, a 1,500-seat

performance gym and the school’s first new building dedicated to band, dance and visual arts classrooms.

“We promote community service and leadership for our students, and as an educational institution in East Dallas, we’re proud to have the opportunity to use our facilities for service to others and to promote visibility in our local neighborhood,” said Ed Leyden, president of Bishop Lynch.

The complex has the potential to anchor the campus, encourage continued program development, and promote community visibility in East Dallas.