The board closed the museum on
"We want everything on the museum to be on a positive note," Stole said.
Board members said they are recruiting a new executive director and are committed to keeping open the museum, which has struggled financially.
"We all remain committed to having a really good museum there," Thompson said. "We are all looking to the future and finding ways to make it just as fun and just as accessible."
Cupples, who was hired in
Cupples said Stole had earlier been receptive to his proposal to reduce his hours and increase Casebeer's as the Ballot Path project took more of his time.
Stole wasn't at the retreat and wasn't happy to learn of Cupples' pending resignation, he said, leading to a meeting and his firing.
Cupples also acknowledged he had slipped up on his management duties as Ballot Path took more of his time. Some bills and other matters had gone unattended, he acknowledged, although he said it wasn't a situation in which the museum faced immediate closure.
"There were mistakes made all around," he said.
Cupples said that aside from the past several weeks, he had a great time running the museum, and he wished the organization well.
Casebeer, who did volunteer work at the museum for six months before Cupples hired her in December, said she was let go after bringing this unattended business to the board's attention. Casebeer said she was told she "wasn't a real employee" because the board hadn't approved her hiring, although Cupples notified the board in his reports of her hiring earlier.
The museum is housed in the restored
For the past decade, the city had contracted with the nonprofit organization to run the museum and maintain its collection of artifacts. The museum also has volunteers and interns.
The city pays the organization
The museum has been operating at an annual deficit. The museum ran deficits of more than
Cupples said he knowingly ran deficits in an effort to attract more visitors. He made admission to the museum free immediately after he took the helm and expanded its hours last year in an effort to attract more visitors.
A nine-member board oversees the museum. Two of the seats are vacant. Stole is the most senior board member, with all others appointed in
"If they had to take some time to review everything, it was probably time well spent," Laudati said.
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