Termination of Priest Contract
TERMINATION OF PRIEST CONTRACT
Dear Community Members,
As of today, September 11th, 2016, HDBS has formally notified Dr. Bishnupada Goswami about termination of his current contract. This follows from the motion passed on August 28th, 2016 General Body Meeting, the minutes of which are available on Durga Bari website (www.durgabari.org). As was presented in the GBM, the existing contract put an inordinate financial burden on HDBS that would eventually lead to the organization losing its 501c3 status in a few years.
Dr. Goswami has also been relieved of his temple duties with immediate effect to avoid additional financial burden coming from discretionary payments.
The EB would like to assure the community that temple operations will continue as usual. The temple will open and close and the Sunday puja schedule will go on as normal. Durga Puja will happen with as much fanfare. We have a dedicated team of volunteers in place to cover every aspect of temple operations.
It is expected that a new priest contract will be in place by Q1, 2017. The following steps are required to happen before that:
- Constitutional amendments will have to be made to ensure that such a situation never arises again. Future HDBS EB will not be able to sign such a contract without Council of Trustee’s approval. The process for such an amendment has already been initiated. It will come for general body’s approval in due course.
- Market research will be done to get the details of the new contract. The pay package and a standard model of engagement for priest will have to be defined which will be sustainable for Durgabari and in line with other Hindu Temples in Houston. This process has also been initiated.
- Once the previous tasks are completed, a standard hiring process that will be open to all, will be followed to have the new contract in place. We expect to start this process in February, 2017.
Every EB member is available to answer any questions you might have. Their phone numbers are on the website.
The temple management committee is confident that during these six months, temple operations can be sustained with the existing volunteer pool. Working together will enhance community engagement, save much needed cash and most importantly reinvigorate the community’s faith and belief in this institution. This process will not come without its fair share of challenges. But with your support and Ma Durga’s blessings this organization will come out cleaner, heathier and stronger.
2015/16 Executive Board
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