Why are some school districts better prepared for the budget Crisis?

An article published  in the Press Enterprise yesterday (03/21/09) titled What are they doing different? by Michelle L. Klampe, looks at what local districts did differently in the last few years that put them in a better position for today's budget crisis. Klampe found that Murrieta Valley Unified took
"a conservative approach, building larger elementary schools to keep administrative costs down and setting money aside in reserve accounts. Administrators, worried by signs of slowing development in the city, also took a cautious approach when settling contracts with its unions during the 2007-08 school year"

The school districts in Murrieta and Menefee demonstrate that districts that use a proactive approach, not a reactive one, will be better off when it comes time to deal with a crisis. BUSD's approach to facilities funds isn't proactive or conservative (see my 3/11/09 post "A Parent’s Review of March 10th Board Meeting").  I think the administration should welcome board members Greenwood and Orozco's desire to control costs even when there appears to be plenty of money to spend on facilities. It isn't about the specific project or the abundance of the available funds, it's about the overall aproach to spending and budget management that concerns me.