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Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Historic Review of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana with linked PDF attachments "
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Name: Name redacted at the request of the author
City: not provided
Cabrini, 5500 Paris Avenue, 70122
Comments: Yes, Yolanda, "Maestri sold us on a functioning church and school" and now he's being asked to resign as Catholic Schools Superintendent. Although the 02-01-07 Times-Picayune article was about the problems with Catholic schools on the west bank, the quotes below are relevant here:
"It was time for Maestri to yield Catholic schools to a more patient, consultative, full-time executive."
"After Katrina, Maestri was a good man to manage a big job that required swift, large-scale executive action unfettered by the patient consultation, listening and constituency-building that education requires in more normal times."
"Maestri's head-long executive style showed its flaws. In a few cases, Maestri apparently unilaterally conceived plans that had to be revised again and again in the face of obstacles that should have been forseen."
"Even pastors complained to (Archbishop) Hughes."
"Maestri acknowledged he could be frustrating."
"'One of my major flaws has been that I was more a czar than a superintendent. I tended to just go forward with plans that needed to be done. I spent little time on process, and very little time on consultation. But in the post-Katrina world, I needed to make decisions and I needed to get things done,' he said."