Zero-Based Budget Strategy, is it right for Beaumont?

What is Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB)? Here is a definition and explanation from Investipedia:

What Does Zero-Based Budgeting - ZBB Mean?
A method of budgeting in which all expenses must be justified for each new period. Zero-based budgeting starts from a "zero base" and every function within an organization is analyzed for its needs and costs. Budgets are then built around what is needed for the upcoming period, regardless of whether the budget is higher or lower than the previous one. 

ZBB allows top-level strategic goals to be implemented into the budgeting process by tying them to specific functional areas of the organization, where costs can be first grouped, then measured against previous results and current expectations.  

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I know I am not the only one in this community that is losing confidence in BUSD's business department. What I have been going through trying to get to the bottom of the kindergarten class size reporting errors by the administration's business department, is indicative of their overall business strategy.

In a past Budget Review Committee meeting we were invited to submit requests for information regarding the budget process. After I make such a request, I am questioned about where I would find the money to solve the budget deficits. Another time I asked for copies of the superintendents' contracts and I was provided with contracts the assistant superintendents claimed they have never seen or signed.

The report that Mrs. Kakish has prepared in response to my request only creates more questions. It doesn't directly answer my questions and even misstates one of my questions. The misstated question leaves out a single word that changes the entire basis of the question and leads to an answer that avoids addressing my main concern.

In the last few weeks, the question of reserves and how the budget treats them has been brought up by the president of the Beaumont Teachers Union, a candidate for the school board, and here in this blog, by a concerned community member. 

Mr. Sanchez said in last week's candidate forum that he believes the relationship of the board and the administration is one of "Trust but Verify". This sounds good but how can you verify when there is very little transparency. I think a Zero-Based Budget strategy is what this administration needs to implement in order to gain back the trust of the community.

Here are some links to help you understand ZBB in public schools:

The Pros and Cons of Zero-Based Budgeting [Mackinac Center]

Public School Budgeting, Accounting, and Auditing

Burlington School District Zero-Based Budget Committee Page

Zero-based approach gains steam