When it comes to managing a budget, consider the lesson taught to me by three exceptional school leaders, Richard Hooker, Bob Brezina, and Shirley Neeley. Always have some wiggle room. 

In your budget, you need to disguise an emergency fund.  At some time during the year, something is going to happen where the only way to solve the problem is throw money at it.  It might be a repair, a consultant, a training or overtime, but without the funds, the campus is up a creek. Being a good budget steward is not about saving money, it is about being effective and efficient with money in a way that allows the mission of the school to be accomplished.     Think. Work. Achieve.

Your turn…

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