Aug 2, 2018, Lincoln, NE 1011: LPS sees increase in special needs students http://www.1011now.com/content/news/LPS-sees-increase-in-special-needs-students-489937751.html In less than two weeks, students will be sitting in classrooms starting out the new year and Lincoln Public Schools says more than ever, many of those seats will be filled by special needs students and they're working to accommodate them. LPS says in the last 10 years, its number of special needs students have grown by more than 1,200. They say every year they spend about $200,000 to make sure schools are able to help these students. One example is Belmont Elementary. It's undergoing an 8 million dollar renovation. Principal Kim Rosenthal says they'll have around 800 kids in their classrooms this year. She says 145 of those students will have special needs or about 18 percent. Other special needs projects the district is working on include minor restroom upgrades at Moore Middle School, modifications to the Special Education Department at Lincoln North Star and playground upgrades at Morley and Everett Elementary Schools.