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 20-year resident of Lockport, currently is Associate Director-Systems Integration at AT&T, where he has worked for the past 23 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 four-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.
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 Homer Founder's Club. member. She also worked in commercial banking for 20years 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, Greg, 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.
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; and IASB Master Board Member Award.
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.
Mike Petty, Member
Mike Petty is a retired teacher, who currently lives in Homer Glen with his wife. They have one child, who also is a public school teacher. Mike was a District 205 Board of Education member for 20 1/2 years before returning. His objective is to maintain and improve on the high standards set for Lockport Township High School.
Completed training/development: Open Meetings Act Training for School Board Members; Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training for School Board Members; and the Basics of Governance Leadership Training.
Della M. Travis, Secretary
Della M. Travis has been married for 54 years to Charles Travis, who recently served on the LTHS Board of Education before declining to run for reelection. Della is a graduate of LTHS and said she counts it as an honor to be a member of the District 205 school board. Della said she received an excellent education at LTHS and wants to give back to her community. Della currently is the director of the All MY Children's Daycare Center Inc., which is located in the Fairmont area. She also serves as chairman in the missionary department and an usher at Christ Temple Church. Della also served as a member of the District 89 Board of Education.
Completed training/development: Open Meetings 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.