The Please Touch Museum, in default on the debt it assumed to renovate a new home in Memorial Hall, eliminated nine positions Wednesday as part of a budget-trimming process. The cuts represent about a 4 percent reduction in staff.
The museum's board is seeking to increase revenue from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government sources, said interim president and CEO Lynn McMaster, and "must demonstrate that the museum is operating as efficiently as possible." This means across-the-board cuts of about $400,000 on the museum's $9 million annual budget, she said.
She emphasized that the cuts - eight staffers laid off, and one unfilled position eliminated - would not diminish programming or hours of operation at the children's museum.