LOCKPORT – An insurance company executive has joined the Lockport Township High School District 205 board.
At Monday’s meeting, the board voted, 6-0, to appoint Richard Ives. He has been a Lockport resident since 2002 and is an executive vice president for NorthShore International Insurance Services in Plainfield.
“I am looking forward to being more involved. I believe a well-rounded local educational program is vital for a strong and supportive community,” Ives said in a district news release.
Ives said District 205 faces important times with upcoming teacher contract negotiations and changes at the superintendent level. Superintendent Todd Wernet will retire in a few years, District 205 spokeswoman Kim Brehm said.
Ives said he believes his qualifications as a business leader is “well-suited to assist in these matters.”
Ives replaces former board member Mike Petty. He will fill out Petty’s term, which ends April 2019.
Petty resigned in May. He gave the board advance notice at a meeting that because of personal business, he has missed four meetings and to be “considerate of the board, he is seriously thinking about tendering his resignation,” and was encouraged to do so by his daughter.
Ives and four other shareholders founded NorthShore in 1988. He has been involved in the insurance industry since 1983 and manages the company’s office in Plainfield, according to the company’s website.
Besides his work for NorthShore, he’s also a treasurer and member of the district’s foundation; a member of the Lockport Rotary Club; board president for Lockport Junior Miss Softball; Rotarian liaison for the district’s Interact Club; and head coach for Lockport Prowl Fastpitch Softball.