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For Immediate Release
Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Bill Gay, (760) 427-2314, or Susan M. Giller, (760) 960-4821

Southwestern College Acts to Sever Construction Contracts

At its meeting Wednesday, January 25, 2012, the Governing Board of the Southwestern Community College District (SWCCD) directed its staff and legal counsel to take steps to sever the College’s contractual agreements with Seville Construction Services and BCA Architecture Inc., reserving all legal rights of the College.

“Tonight’s action is consistent with the board’s commitment to proactively address past practices while maintaining  Southwestern’s core mission of providing excellent education and maintaining the public trust,” said Board President Norma Hernandez.

The board also directed staff to initiate a Request for Proposal process to procure replacement program management and architectural services.

”The Governing Board is acting now to insure the continued progress of work undertaken with Proposition R funds” said Superintendent/President Dr. Melinda Nish. “It’s important for the public to understand that work is continuing during this process.”

The board also directed legal counsel and staff to continue full cooperation with the District Attorney’s investigation and to continue to evaluate the College’s legal options in this matter.

Full text of the Board's statement after closed session:

“The Board took action to direct legal counsel and staff to sever the contractual relationship with Seville Construction Services and BCA Architects, reserving all rights of the College. 

"The Board also directed staff to initiate an RFP related to procurement of replacement program manager and architectural services. 

"The Board directed counsel and staff to continue full cooperation with the District Attorney’s investigation and to continue to evaluate the College’s legal options.”

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Accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College District offers more than 300 associate degree and certificate options. More information at swccd.edu.

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