Eight candidates vying for a spot on Lockport’s District 205 board
By Susan DeMar Lafferty firstname.lastname@example.org April 5, 2013 11:32PM
John Lukasik, running for Lockport Township High School District 205, during a candidates forum at Lockport High School Thursday, March 28, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 8, 2013 6:19AM
Eight candidates are seeking four seats on the Lockport Township High School District 205 board of education in the April 9 election.
Two current board members are not in the running — Ron Svara and Mike Petty — while two other incumbents are on the ballot, John Lukasik and Lou Ann Johnson.
Also running are Lisa Bickus, Kurt Heinz, Edward Kerfin, Ann Lopez-Caneva, Jeff Przybyl and Frank Voscholler III.
Speaking at a recent forum, Lukasik and Johnson both said that during their last term on the board they relieved the overcrowding, reinstated normal school hours and developed a school improvement plan.
Lukasik, a six-year board member and its current president, said staff and student safety and technology are his two main issues.
“For student learning to occur, students must feel safe within the building,” the Lockport resident said.
Lukasik also wants to prepare students for the next technological shift — an all digital curriculum.
Johnson also wants to develop a digital curriculum, increase the graduation rate and close the achievement gap.
“Education is the key to the future for our kids,” said Johnson, a Crest Hill resident. “They need to be college ready and job ready. We cannot have a one-size-fits-all mentality.”
She also said she would increase communication between the board and parents.
Kerfin, of Lockport, is owner of Home Helpers, which provides caregivers to those unable to care for themselves. He also volunteers with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Will County, which assists children in the court system, is part of the Lync mentoring program at Lockport Township High School, and has been involved in various food and toy drives to help local families in need.
“I have a huge investment in this community and I will make a huge difference in this community,” he said.
Lopez-Caneva, a graduate of LTHS, has served on the board of education in Kelvin Grove District 91 for the past eight years, and also serves on the White Oak Library board.
With her term on the District 91 board coming to an end, and her daughter now a freshman at LTHS, Lopez-Caneva wants to turn her attention to the high school board.
“I just want to contribute my experience and help students,” she said. She wants to help the high school meet the challenges of funding and adopting the new Common Core standards.
Przybyl, of Homer Glen, wants to make Lockport Township High School a school that his 10-year-old son, “will look forward to,” he said.
“The biggest problem I have is the amount of property taxes we pay,” Przybyl said. “The budget has gone up every year, but enrollment is down.”
Voscholler, of Lockport, said he moved to the district in 2009 because of its good schools and wants to “keep it that way.”
At 33, he said he is the youngest of the candidates and is “not too far removed from what is happening in the schools.”
He recently started his own law practice and has a one-year-old son.
Voscholler wants to be part of the technological changes that are coming, but also wants to seek opinions of the teachers on such matters.
“I’m a very hard worker and very involved with my family,” he said. “If elected, you will see my name around for a long time.”
Bickus and Heinz could not be reached for comment.