The Kansas Aviation Museum laid off two of its five-person staff this week and announced it was reducing its hours, beginning Jan. 1.
“We are just minimizing the staff ,” Richard Moore said Wednesday. He is president of the museum’s board of directors and the museum’s interim director.
The two positions that were cut Tuesday were full-time marketing jobs, Moore said.
“It is a smart business decision and a way to absorb the slow traffic for that time of the year,” he said.
The museum, 3350 S. George Washington Blvd., will be open to the public only on Saturdays and Sundays beginning Jan. 1. Special events, meetings, conferences and school field trips that have previously been booked will go on as scheduled.
“We are taking advantage of the downtime and trying to be proactive,” Moore said. “This gives volunteers an opportunity to update exhibits. We are going to be counting on our strong volunteer base during this time. We are excited.”
Moore said on Wednesday that if the two employees who were laid off this week do not have new jobs by the middle of May, the museum would consider rehiring them.
“This made good business sense to save money for the museum,” he said. “We are going to be working hard to ensure those positions and hours come spring time.”
Moore has been working as interim director after Daniel Bateman, who was hired in May to run the museum, left in November.