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Faccinetto elected president of PSBA

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 by Liz Kemmerer Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Board President Michael Faccinetto won the seat of president elect of the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA). The election took place at PSBA’s annual leadership conference in Hershey, Oct. 13-15.

PSBA is a statewide nonprofit association of public school boards dedicated to promoting high quality public education by providing members with effective tools, training and advocacy. BASD joined the association roughly nine years ago.

PSBA officers meet six times per year to discuss and oversee statewide initiatives and programs. Primarily, though, Faccinetto says, president-elect is an advocacy position.

“We are the sixth largest district in Pa. and we have such broad diversity. It doesn’t serve us to not be a part of PSBA,” explained Faccinetto. “This position is a way of getting our ideas out there and getting us on the map.”

As president-elect, Faccinetto plans to forge new partnerships to help drive down membership dues while increasing member services. He also hopes to strengthen PSBA by getting members more involved and maintaining PSBA’s strong presence in Harrisburg going forward.

“PSBA has become one of the most respected voices on education issues in Harrisburg,” said Faccinetto. “Our government affairs team has formed relationships with both parties and continues to advocate for districts. If a member of the General Assembly wants information on education, I want them to call PSBA.”

Faccinetto first joined the school board in 2009. After a rigorous application and interview process, Faccinetto was one of several slated candidates up for this election in which all 500 Pennsylvania public school districts, intermediate units and career and technical schools have a vote. Faccinetto was elected by PSBA to be an at-large representative in 2015 and was then elected vice president in 2016. He will hold the office of president elect for 2017 before assuming the role of PSBA President in 2018. He will then serve as immediate past president in 2019.

“I think it’s important because there are 500 school districts in the state, but not many of them have the size and makeup of our district, and there are not many districts with interests similar to ours,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy. “To have our district not only represented at PSBA, but also at the executive council level is very important and I think that plays largely into our vision for getting proposals passed. So, I want to thank Mike for the extra time he puts into that.”