Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Jill Santopiertro and Susan Sawyer resigned their positions as director and director’s assistant at the Georgetown County Museum, Saturday. Neither would comment on their reasons.
However a ststement from county Historical Society President Rene King noted:
“During this transitional year, as the...Museum adapts to the increased monthly operating expenses at its new building, ... the Board of Directors of the Historical Society deemed it prudent to eliminate or reduce current Museum expenses wherever possible. Unfortunately, this belt-tightening included a proposed temporary reduction in the salaries of the Museum’s two paid staff members ... whose loyalty and hard work has helped to transform the Museum into a facility that is ... applauded by peers in the museum world. ...their decision to resign last week was accepted with deep regret by the Board.”
Reached at home on Tuesday, Santopiertro said, “In my resignation I promised the museum that I would hold off commenting and direct all queries to Rene King, president of the Historical Society.”
Susan Sawyer also at home commented, “Jill and I fulfilled our obligations on Saturday and submitted our resignations. It is a wonderful facility, and I have been there eight years.”
According to a volunteer who answered the phone, the museum is open and continuing to run a normal schedule.
According to information on the museum’s website, the operating budget is sustained by membership dues and receipts from sales from the Rice Trunk Gift Shop, as well as visitor admission fees.
Special events such as the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival and donations from major contributors also play a critical role in the financial support of the continuing operations of the Museum.
The museum is located in The History Center at 120 Broad Street.