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SYMPHONY | The Federal Way Symphony hires a young new executive director [3]

VOL. 15, NO. 35



division of Sound Publishing

OPINION | Roegner: Key elements in the 2013 election [8] Mr. Federal Way: Dog parks and advice for moving here [9] CRIME BLOTTER | Man receives mystery package that contains a stinky surprise [5] CALENDAR | Events include country concert Aug. 31 at Wild Waves [6-7, 25]

SPORTS | Ready for some football? [12] THEN AND NOW | Special section shows FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 | 75¢ Our annual fall sports guide [31-35] Federal Way’s growth over the years [15]

Big apartment complex slated for old bus yard Site will include 308 housing units for low- to moderate-income renters By ANDY HOBBS


Farmers market hosts Apple Fest Visit our website’s top story, Aug. 23-30: “Photo ticket dropped after driver argues school zone’s legality.” Story explains how a local resident fought a ticket from the cameras on 21st Avenue SW. NEWSPAPER RACKS: To see a list of rack locations for the print edition of The Mirror, visit

The Federal Way Farmers Market hosted the first Apple Festival and Run on Saturday, Aug. 24. Attendees sampled and voted for the best apple pies. The event included a timed 10K and 5K run/walk on the BPA Trail in Federal Way. There was also live entertainment, games for kids, apple cider, caramel apples, raffle prizes and more. See more photos at ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror


The local market conditions have shifted to favor renting over homeownership, according to city planners. In July, The Mirror reported that construction was expected to begin this year on three apartment complexes in Federal Way with a combined total of nearly 900 units. These apartments will also cater to low- and midincome residents. is still working through the permit process to purchase the site. The school district is selling the property after moving its transportation and maintenance operations near Celebration Park. The proposed High Point Mixed-Use Development will feature 16 buildings [ more APARTMENTS, page 26 ]

100 percent graduation? Neu outlines bold approach By GREG ALLMAIN

Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) Superintendent Rob Neu gave his 2013-14 “outlook” during the school board meeting on Aug. 27, outlining a bold vision for the district for this year and the foreseeable future. Neu began with a declaration regarding graduation rates, and what he hopes to see for this year’s

freshman class by the time they up that ante, because we would like graduate. The graduation to believe all students can rate for the Class of 2012 graduate on time, and we’re was 70.2 percent. targeting this year’s fresh“Our graduation rate in man class to be 100 percent Federal Way has been hovgraduated in four years.” ering around 70 percent for Neu said the district many years now,” he said. hopes to accomplish this “Last year, as we looked at by focusing energy on our graduation data, you African-American, HisRob Neu approved this progression, panic and Native American moving toward a 92 percent students. graduation rate…We would like to “When you look at their sub-


A new development that includes 308 multi-family housing units has been proposed at the Federal Way School District’s former transportation center, also known as the bus yard. The site is located on South 320th Street and 11th Place South, across the street from Safeway. Construction is expected to begin in three to five months, with the first buildings expected to be finished in a year, according to Paul Green of Azure Green Consultants. The development will include small retail users along with new public roads. The project has not secured any prospective tenants, and Green said Bellevue-based DevCo Inc.

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group graduation rates, I think we can call them ‘in crisis,’” he said. “And we believe by focusing on these students…and ensuring their success, that all students will rise.” Outside of graduation rates, Neu revisited what the district has termed the “Global Learning Initiative.” Neu foresees the district having a regular exchange program with international schools in the near future, one that he believes [ more SCHOOLS, page 27 ]


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Federal Way Mirror, August 30, 2013  

August 30, 2013 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

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