You don't have to spend time fixing the old broken system. You've got to spend time building and developing a performing system from scratch.

This is the silver lining in the dark cloud of Katrina. We would not have been able to start with an almost clean slate if Katrina had not happened. So it really does represent an incredible opportunity.

They hadn't done bank records, so nobody could tell you exactly how much cash they had on hand. Nobody could reconcile the payroll accounts. Nobody could tell you how many employees they had.

There is something symbolic about physically opening a school that encourages people to come back.

The mayor was very supportive. He said Algiers is fine and encouraged and supported us in opening schools. We said we'd target November, and he's OK with that.