New head of $6 billion community college construction program

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The new head of the L.A. Community College District’s $6 billion construction program is set to address the district’s board publicly for the first time on Wednesday.

College administrators fired the construction program’s previous executive director amid news reports and audits that revealed tens of millions of mismanaged dollars.

The bond-funded construction program includes new facilities and improvements at Los Angeles City College, Pierce College and the district’s six other campuses.

The community college district has put its construction program on hold as it studies whether there will be enough money to finish planned construction projects.

A spokesman for the district says newly hired executive director James O’Reilly is expected to detail his vision for the construction program at the board of trustees meeting at Mission College on Wednesday.

O’Reilly has worked for Pasadena-based construction and engineering firm Parsons, and was a key player in LAUSD's massive school construction project.

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