A deal is being negotiated for the College of Louisiana at Lafayette to take over operations of the Lafayette Science Museum, based on The Acadiana Advocate.
The museum on Jefferson Road in downtown Lafayette was closed a couple of yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most of its employees was laid off and its finances minimize by Mayor-President Josh Guillory.
As Guillory has in his Proposed American Rescue Plan Price range of 2021, the museum is alleged to have misplaced a income of $105,390, in accordance to what’s made out there to his administration.
Museum Director Kevin Krantz is the one remaining full-time worker.
Prompted by Metropolis Council member Nanette Prepare dinner, Guillory stated at a gathering Tuesday the partnership between UL and town will probably be revealed in 5 to 10 weeks.
Guillory, since taking workplace in January 2020, has entered into partnerships with teams to take over some providers as cost-cutting measures, together with the upkeep and operation of the swimming pool on the Robicheaux Recreation Heart and tennis courts and a membership home at Beaver Park.
He stated it value town about $1 million a yr to function the Lafayette Science Museum.
Whereas the deal hasn’t been finalized, it seems to contain a five-year transition interval. The primary yr, town would pay UL $300,000 plus utilities to function the museum.
The second yr, town would pay the college $200,000 plus utilities. The third yr, it will drop to a $100,000 contribution plus utilities and the fourth yr, town would pay solely the utilities.
By the fifth yr, UL can be utterly liable for the museum’s operations. The town would nonetheless personal the constructing at 433 Jefferson St., Guillory stated.
The Lafayette Science Museum already has a cooperative endeavor settlement with UL’s College of Geosciences, Krantz stated.
“We have had an excellent relationship with the college” relationship again to 2013, he stated. “That ought to be a sign of what is to return.”
The museum was born in 1969 as a volunteer motion by a ladies’s group to convey science enrichment to space colleges. The Lafayette Pure Historical past Museum and Planetarium quickly moved right into a constructing close to Girard Park and in 2002 formally moved to its present location.
In April, the museum reopened solely on weekends, 10 a.m. to six p.m. onSaturdays and 1 p.m. to six p.m. Sundays.
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