Tom Loughrey, UUA Trustee
For well over a year the Board has been asked to consider locating our administrative offices to a different location. The current motivation originated with a possibility of a purchase of Hebrew College in nearby Newton over a year ago. While the prospects were interesting the Board wanted to see how all this might ultimately fit in a facilities strategic plan that is aligned with our Ends. Possibilities included another Boston area location, an altogether new location elsewhere in the country, leased space and more.
After much discussion and hearing information from staff on costs to move, staff disruption, revenue potential from a sale and more the Board voiced support for plans of the staff to look for adequate space in Boston near public transportation. We did not feel a need to vote on this as current policy gives the president the ability to explore these possibilities now. A Board decision would come with any motion to buy and/or sell property. Nonetheless, support is important in the process. Our policies call for a rationale and metrics that are consistent with the policies. These will guide the work of the staff as they engage in a process to seek both suitable space and a qualified buyer of our Beacon Hill property. They will also guide the Board in any ultimate decisions to approve a sale and a purchase or lease.
Board member, Linda Laskowski, writes in her blog, UUA View from Berkeley, about her thoughts and captures for many Board members their thoughts on the possibility of a move at http://pcdtrustee.blogspot.com/2012/04/leaving-beacon-hill.html.
Michelle Bates Deacon, writing for the UU World, reports on the Board and staff discussion on the possibility of a move along with other Board activity at our recent meeting at http://www.uuworld.org/news/articles/199456.shtml?utm_source=n.
None of this is easy. We have a long tradition in Boston and in “25” but we also know that it is the work that remains that must be supported. Balancing our tradition, efficiency, accessibility, employment relations, fiduciary responsibilities and more are easier when we have clear policy and a strategic plan aligned with the policy. The process is working!
Trustee from the PSWD