Monthly Archives: March 2015

General Budgeting Concepts

Many individuals ask me about general budgeting concepts without all of the extraneous details. So that was the inspiration for this blog post. Most people are familiar with what the term budget means, because they have a budget at home. They keep track of expenses (groceries) and their paycheck (revenue). If they fall short of […]

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Leadership in the Schools

This blog post focuses on leadership in the schools. There is a professional development program in New York that focuses on best practices. They take the best teachers in the world and find out what works in the classroom. The best lesson plans, curriculum guides, and teaching methods are distilled into a formula and taught […]

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Labor Costs in Education

There is no doubt that labor costs in education have increased dramatically over the last decade. I could have chosen several studies, but one will be used for illustrative purposes. The compound average annual growth rate for total State K-12 education expenditures has been more than doubling that of the Consumer Price Index over the […]

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Productive Meetings through Technology

Love them or hate them executives have never found a way to replace meetings. This post discusses productive meetings through Technology. Technology can make these meetings even more productive, and we should start to use it. My public sector friends seem always to be behind when it comes to technology. Let’s explore ways technology can […]

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Education Cuts in Arizona

This blog post discusses the recent proposed budget cuts to public education in the State of Arizona. I started this blog in 2013, and the theme remains the same. Less Revenue and more spending will always equal cuts to education. Revenue through taxation is being curtailed as well as revenue directly from State Government. This […]

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Zero Based Budgeting

Zero based budgeting is an old budgeting concept, but it is worth revisiting for many reasons. Many school districts are forced to do more with less and hopefully think “outside the box”. Zero based budgeting can help you do just that. Zero based budgeting is a process where managers build a budget from zero instead […]

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Fund Balance

The subject of Fund Balance seems to bring up a great deal of confusion. The topic is debated among school board members and at times by the parents. Sometimes Fund Balance is also called surplus and citizens want to know what we are doing with the surplus. Most times they want to know if the […]

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The Definition of Fund Balance

The subject of Fund Balance seems to bring up a great deal of confusion. The topic is debated among school board members and parents. Sometimes Fund Balance is also called surplus and citizens want to know what is happening with the surplus. They really want to know if the extra money can be used toward […]

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