LPS Special Services Staff

Director Chris Sharkey csharkey@lawtonps.org
Assistant Director – Middle and High Schools
(Central & MacArthur Middle School)
Diane Keene skeene@lawtonps.org
Assistant Director - Elementary, Child Find & Early Childhood Pamela Benskin pbenskin@lawtonps.org
Coordinator - Elementary & Middle Schools
(Eisenhower  & Tomlinson Middle School)
Jennifer Bass jbass@lawtonps.org
Assistant Director - Compliance, Section 504 & Lawton Transition Program Claudia Beckner cbeckner@lawtonps.org
Secretary Debbye Payton  dpayton@lawtonps.org

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Click here for 504 Policies and Procedures

What special education services are provided at Lawton Public Schools?

Special education services range from early childhood special education services, where young children receive specific services (e.g. speech or language therapy) or attend a Developmental Delay class, to an extended high school Transition Program for students ages 18-21, who due to their disabilities need some additional transition services. The district offers a wide range of service delivery options for consideration by IEP teams including regular education classes with accommodations, co-teaching, resource room/supplementary services, direct instruction and self-contained special education classes.

Lawton Public Schools also provides a wide variety of related services that may be determined necessary by the IEP team in order for a student to benefit his/her special education program. Related services include:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing Services (702 NW Homestead Dr, Room 818)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Vision Therapy
  • Special Transportation

What information is needed for special education students who are new to Lawton Public Schools?

Each year, our special needs population grows by a significant amount. Many new students come to Lawton from military bases all over the world. When moving to a new school, it is important for all parents to consider the following points to ensure a smooth the transition for their child in special education:

1. Please bring your child's current education records, to include all the special education records. This applies to both military and civilian families. If your family is military, we recommend that you hand carry your child’s education records -do not have them packed with the rest of your belongings.

2. At the very least you should bring a copy of your child's most current IEP. This is the Individual Education Program that is developed for every eligible special education student by his/her public school. Every eligible special education student has an IEP.

3. Further records are helpful, but not necessary. These would include special education eligibility documentation; psycho-educational evaluations or psychological evaluations; current medical records, including information about prescribed medications; academic reports/report cards from previous school; records of previous placement (type of special education class in which your child has been receiving services); and attendance records

What is Lawton Public Schools’ Special Services Center?

Special Services Center (SSC) is the "central office" for special education and Section 504 services in Lawton Public Schools. SSC is also the Central Office serving the districts Section 504 Students. The delivery of special education and related services for approximately 2,700 students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As required by IDEA, the district provides special education and related services to all eligible special education students ranging from three (3) through twenty-one (21) years of age. Lawton Public Schools is currently providing services to children with disabilities under 12 of the 13 federal and state categories:

  • Autism
  • Deaf / Blind
  • Deafness / Hearing Impairment
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Speech and/or Language Impaired
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

What do I do and where do I go with my child’s special education records?

Upon arrival in Lawton, please call the LPS Special Services Center, located in the Douglass Learning Center, at 353-0334 for further assistance. We will visit with you about your child's needs and current IRP, if needed we will arrange for a time to bring your child’s special education records to our office. Directions to our office, located at 102 E. Gore Blvd., will be provided by telephone or by accessing this map link Click Here to view map.. Upon review of your child's records, recommendations and decisions will be made regarding the best placement and school for your child. Please call Special Services Center before enrolling in any Lawton school, if your child has significant special needs. Students with speech only and/or specific learning disabilities, you may enroll them in their neighborhood schools and provide copies of special education records to their school.

If my child is not yet eligible for special education services, how can I get my child evaluated to determine eligibility for possible services?

Lawton Public Schools continually conducts Child Find activities, required by special education law, throughout the school year to locate, identify and evaluate children with suspected disabilities:

Click Here to read our Child Find Information!

Where can I find out more about the special education process or other services for my child with special needs?

The Oklahoma State Department of Education website has a wealth of information available for both parents and educators about many special education and related topics. One valuable resource to help parents understand the special education process is the partnering with your child's school (IDEA Parent Guide). Additional resources and website links related to special education can be found at the Oklahoma State Department of Education website for Special Education Services.