Aug 27, 2017, Duluth (MN) News Tribune: New school for students with special needs to open in Lake Elmo, Minn. http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4318432-new-school-students-special-needs-open-lake-elmo-minn The superintendent of the Northeast Metro Intermediate School District says designers considered every detail in planning the new school for students who have complex special needs. The school, which is set to open in September, will be located in Lake Elmo—14 miles east of St. Paul in suburban Washington County…. ... Hayes notes that school environment plays an important role in educating students on the autism spectrum, with cognitive and developmental delays or with emotional and behavioral disorders because many of them are sensitive to light and sound. … "The need is not going away," Hayes said. "The need is probably going to grow."