Michael E. Faccinetto
|Michael E. Faccinetto|
|Board member, Bethlehem Area School District, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 2009|
|Bachelor's||Penn State University|
|Profession||Vice President at Townsend Insurance Agency|
Mike Faccinetto currently holds an at-large seat on Bethlehem Area school board. He was initially elected in 2009 and won re-election on November 5, 2013.
Michael E. Faccinetto lives in North Bethlehem with his wife Amy , sons Cole and Owen, and daughter Sydney. He attend schools in the Bethlehem district before receiving his B.S. in Insurance from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University in 2000. Since graduating from Penn State Michael has worked with his father, Edward Faccinetto, as Vice President at the Townsend Insurance Agency. Facinetto has been involved with the Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America for over 10 years, and is very active in his church, Sacred Heart in Bethlehem Twp.
|Bethlehem Area School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Cross filed||Shannon Patrick Incumbent||33.9%||2,316|
|Cross filed||Michael E. Faccinetto Incumbent||33.4%||2,280|
|Cross filed||Angela Sinker||32.6%||2,226|
|Source: http://www.lehighcounty.org/departments/voterregistration/electionresults/tabid/445/default.aspx Lehigh County Election Results, "Bethlehem School District," accessed November 6, 2013]|
|Bethlehem Area School District, At-large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Cross Listed||Michael E. Faccinetto||34.1%||1,407|
|Cross Listed||Shannon Patrick||33.6%||1,389|
|Cross Listed||Angela T. Sinkler||32.3%||1,334|
|Source: Lehigh County Election Results, "Bethlehem Area School District School Director Election 2013,"|
Faccinetto reported no contributions or expenditures to the Lehigh County Voter Registration department.
|Bethlehem Area School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Cross Listed||William J. Burkhardt||36.6%||2,498|
|Cross Listed||Michael E. Faccinetto||31.4%||2,143|
|Cross Listed||Irene Follweiler||32%||2,180|
|Source: Lehigh County Election Results, "Bethlehem Area School District School Director Election 2009,"|
Facinetto's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
"At this point I feel the board has done a good job in trying to diversify risk and has laid the framework for a brighter financial future. Unfortunately it will take time for our financial situation to improve and the impending PSERS situation will cause more issues for the BASD if the PA Legislature does not act."
"[W]e need, as a board, to focus on improving the lines of communication between all parties involved. Given the events that have taken place over the past several years it is no wonder that the public has lost trust in this board and the BASD. It is a top priority of mine to reestablish better lines of communication and to make as much information readily available to the public. "
What is best for students
"Finally we must always remember that the number one priority is still a quality education for all students. Every vote, every decision, every debate must come down to what will provide the best opportunities for our students. they are the reason we are all here"
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Five seats were up for election in 2013, including board president Michael Faccinetto and appointed member Shannon Patrick's region two seat. Patrick was appointed to the board in 2011 following fellow board member, Michael Cann's, win of both the at-large and region two seats. The region two seat will be up for election again in 2015. Board members Irene Follweiler, William Burkhardt and Aurea Ortiz all did not to seek re-election.
About the district
According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (84.8%) is lower than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) while the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher in is higher Bethlehem (27.1%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Bethlehem is $45,631 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.
- Bethlehem Area School District, Pennsylvania
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Lehigh County, Pennsylvania ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, Pennsylvania
- Faccinetto Website (dead link)
- Bethlehem Area School District
- Northampton County
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
- "Michael Faccinetto; Bethlehem Area School District Board Member," "About Michael," accessed August 12, 2013
- Lehigh County Voter Registration, "Campaign Filing Reports," accessed December 18, 2013
- "Michael Faccinetto;Bethlehem Area School District Board Member," "My Vision," accessed August 12, 2013
- "Lehigh Valley," "Candidate withdraws from Bethlehem Area School Board region 1 race," accessed August 12, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Bethlehem," accessed August 8, 2013 (dead link)
- The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed August 9, 2013