Clarke Museum makes cruel Christmas cut
Officially the reasons are solely financial; the Clarke has been having budget troubles for some years, and had already gone through multiple rounds of trying to decrease expenses. Pam had prepared multiple different proposals for the Board on ways to decrease expenses while still retaining a Director/Curator, including cutting her position to part-time and eliminating her health insurance. But finally, after an Executive Board meeting on December 20th, Pam was informed that she was no longer on the staff, and she had until the end of the day to clear out her desk.
To fire someone after nearly twelve years of service — not for any wrong-doing, but merely (officially) for budget reasons, and then to not even give any notice or any time to tie up loose ends before the person is terminated — seems uncalled-for, cruel and unprofessional behavior. One cannot help wondering why she was not at least given until the end of the year to remain on staff and to complete some of the projects she had open. Exhibits that she was in the process of working on are now abandoned. The other staff members who have expressed their support for her and their shock at this development are now left to try and pick up the pieces – and to face the impossible task of somehow taking on the Director/Curator’s duties between them, which none of them have the training or the time to do, in addition to the responsibilities they already fulfill.