Meet Your District 205 Board of Education Members
Lockport Township High School District 205 is served by seven Board of Education members who are elected by residents and who volunteer their time to lead our district. Board members serve four-year terms on a staggered basis and must reside in the district. The District 205 Board of Education adopts policies and rules that govern the administration of the school district. The Board operates in strict accordance with Illinois laws and Illinois State Board of Education regulations, and they adopt policy only when members meet in an official session.
All Illinois school board members must receive training in professional development leadership (P.A. 97-8) and the Open Meeting Act (P.A. 97-504). Mandatory training will also be required after the new teacher evaluation requirements are implemented in each school district. Completed development and training activity is listed for each school board member. Training was provided by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) unless otherwise noted.
The School Board appoints and supervises the Superintendent of Schools, whose job it is to run the day-to-day operations of the school district and to provide educational leadership and vision for administrators, faculty, and staff. Many of you already are familiar with our Board members, but there may be some things that you do not know about them.
John Lukasik, President Board President John Lukasik, a 21-year resident of Lockport, currently is Associate Director-Systems Integration at AT&T, where he has worked for the past 24 years. John has served the community in leadership roles such as head coach for District 92 girls and boys basketball; coach for Lockport boys’ baseball; a member of the Building Bridges for 205 Education committee; LTHS Foundation; AT&T Pioneers; AT&T Veterans Group, and five-time recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award. John and his wife, Judy, are parishioners at St. John Vianney in Lockport and have two children. John wants to work with other board members to ensure all students are provided opportunities for learning in a safe environment and have access to the latest technology and curriculum that provides them well for jobs of the future.
Completed training/development: Basics of Government & Law on Board Meetings; Basics of School Finance; Board President's Workshop 2010 ; Board President's Workshop 2011; LeaderShop Symposium; 2012 Open Meeting Act Training (Office of the Attorney General State of Illinois); and Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members.
Ann Lopez-Caneva, Vice President Ann Lopez-Caneva is a graduate of LTHS, Joliet Junior College and Governors State University. She has served multiple boards including the Kelvin Grove District 91 Board of Education, the White Oak Library District, and the Guardian Angel Community Services. She is also a member of the Lockport Woman's Club. Ann is married to Dr. Daryl Caneva and the mother of three children. She is an advocate for education, especially the fine arts, and wants to strive and maintain the best education for our students that will prepare them for life beyond school, while overseeing the school budget and programs. Ann looks forward to working with her fellow board members to overcome the challenges that LTHS is facing with state funding and common core standards.
Completed training/development: Open Meeting Act Training (Office of the Attorney General State of Illinois); Orientating New School Board Members; Professional Development Leadership Training; and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members.
Della M. Travis, SecretaryDella Travis, a lifelong resident of Lockport, is the director of All My Children Day Care Center, Inc., located in the Fairmont area. Ms. Travis has served the community in multiple roles over many years including: President and Secretary, Fairmont School District 89 Board of Education; chairperson of a missionary department; usher, Christ Temple Church; and member, Fairmont District 89 Teacher Negotiation Team. She has been married to Charles Travis, former District 205 board member, for 56 years. They have 5 children, 20 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. Ms. Travis is a graduate of LTHS with a B.A. from Lewis University, Romeoville and her M.A. in curriculum and instruction from National Lewis University. She considers it an honor to serve on the District 205 Board of education, having graduated from LTHS having received an excellent education. She wants to help to offer the same experience to current students.
Completed training/development: Open Meetings Act Training for School Board Members; Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members; the Basics of Governance Leadership Training; Closing the Gaps Between What Sounds Good and What Gets Done; a Courageous Conversation; and the Board and its Superintendent Developing and Maintaining an Effective Relationship.
Lisa Bickus, Member Lisa Bickus, a resident of the school district for 20 years, is the owner of Bickus Plumbing in Lockport, and is currently employed at NCSF in Mount Prospect. She is a member of LTHS Lyncs, Lockport's Women's Club; Lockport Rotary; Lockport, Joliet and Homer Township chambers; Will Buy Locally; Vistage International; and member, Homer Founder's Club. She also worked in commercial banking for 20 years after earning a graduate degree in finance from Northern Illinois University. Lisa wants to collaborate with LTHS communities, faculty, administration and students to bring the highest level of achievement possible as a child's education is the most important gift we can provide. Lisa and her husband, Gregg, live in Lockport and have four children.
Completed training/development: Open Meeting Act Training for School Board Members; Professional Development Leadership Training for School Board Members; and Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training (PERA) Training for School Board Members.
Richard Ives, MemberRichard Ives, a married father of two children, was sworn in at the June 19, 2017 board meeting. Ives said he is looking forwrad to being more involved because he believe that a well-rounded local educational program is vital for a strong and supportive community. The next couple of years are important times at LTHS, with the upcoming teachers' contract negotiations, and changes at the Superintendent level. He believes that his professional qualifications as a business leader are well-suited to assist in those matters. Ives, a Lockport resident since 2002, is replacing board member Mike Petty, who resigned in May 2017. Ives will complete Petty's term, which ends in April 2019. As a community leader, Ives has held many volunteer positions including: current member and treasurer, LTHS Foundation; member, Lockport Rotary Club; President, Lockport Junior Miss Softball Board; Liaison, LTHS Interact Club; and Head Coach, Lockport Prowl Fastpitch Softball. He is currently the executive vice president of NorthShore International Insurance Services, Inc. iin Plainfield. Ives, with four shareholders, founded NorthShore in 1988.
Completed training/development: Open Meetings Act Training for Board Members.
Lou Ann Johnson, Member Lou Ann Johnson, who was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, recently retired from Nicor Gas. Since 2005, Lou Ann has served as a trustee at Second Baptist Church in Joliet, serving in the finance ministry and as a youth mentor. She also serves on many boards including National Hook-Up of Black Women (NHBW), Inc.; Joliet Area Congregation Based Organization Body; Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging, Community Life Ministries, Second Baptist Church; Church Women United; Guardian Angel Community Service Board; and Advocates United for Joliet Children. LouAnn's goal is to provide the tools and resources needed for today's students to become tomorrow's leaders.
Completed training/development: Basics of Governance; Law on Board Meetings and Practices; Basics of School District Finances; Leadership - Board's First Responsibility; Open Meeting Act Training for School Board Members; LeaderShop Symposium; Transforming the Paradigm of Education Children - Superintendents' Commission for the Study of Demographics & Diversity Leadership;Training for School Board Members (Attorneys of Sraga Hauser, LLC); Leadershop Training for Community Engagement; Leadershop Symposium 2014 - The Talk, The Truth, The Crucial Conversations About America's Schools; IASB Master Board Member Award; LeaderShop Training - Organizational Health; LeaderShop Training - Get Your Message Out: Your role in Crafting an Effective Public Image; and LeaderShop Training - The R Factor: How to Manage the One Thing You Control.
Michael Lewandowski, Member Michael Lewandowski, who is married with one child, has served the district since 1999. He was born in Chicago but has lived in Lockport Township since childhood. An LTHS alum, Michael is a master harp builder/craftsman and tour guide for Lyon & Healy Harps in Chicago. Mike has served on many community boards such as the Illinois Association of School Boards Governing Board, the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) as the LTHS delegate, and more. He is the current chair of the IASB Three Rivers Division and the former director-at-large for same. Michael wants to provide a safe and secure environment to educate all LTHS students and to continue to work with administration to establish goals for improving student achievement.
Completed training/development: Democracy; Leadership - Board's First Responsibility; Open Meeting Act Training for School Board Members; Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training for School Board members; the Basics of Governance Leadershop Training; and IASB Master Board Member Award.