Neal McNamara

Three Decatur students struck by school bus

At 7:23 a.m. today, three Decatur High School students were struck by a Federal Way School District bus, according to the Federal Way police.

Federal Way schools turn to reserves amid state budget squeeze

From $2.3 million on the low side to $3.4 million on the high side, the Federal Way School District stands to lose a lot of money as politicians in Olympia cut spending to stave off the state’s own budget deficit.

A fire at 4:30 a.m. Thursday at an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Southwest 311th Street in Federal Way resulted in three injuries

Three injured in Federal Way apartment fire

A fire at 4:30 a.m. Thursday at an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Southwest 311th Street in Federal Way resulted in three injuries, according to news reports.

A fire at 4:30 a.m. Thursday at an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Southwest 311th Street in Federal Way resulted in three injuries

Mom sentenced to 5 years in daughter’s methadone overdose

A mother who caused her 12-year-old daughter, a Lakota Middle School student, to overdose on methadone has been sentenced for controlled substances homicide.

Forum engages Federal Way parents on achievement gap in schools

Linda Brown had what she described as a “wayward child,” and felt that the Federal Way School District was not doing its part to keep his absenteeism in check. She wondered why there was not a truant officer out finding her son and other wayward children.

Fair funding for education: State Senate bill targets school district salaries

Federal Way’s fight for fair education funding will continue in the Legislature with another bill.

Patrick Eugene Parsons’ life ended on Jan. 2

Memorial honors Federal Way firefighters from 1960s who died on duty

Two former Federal Way volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty more than 40 years ago will be honored by South King Fire and Rescue with memorial plaques at fire stations near where each man served.

Patrick Eugene Parsons’ life ended on Jan. 2

Federal Way School Board learns blueprint for management | Pros and cons of Policy Governance

Eight years ago, the Issaquah School Board was one of the first in the state to adopt a system of management called Policy Governance.

During the 2011 homeless count Friday morning

Annual count finds fewer homeless in Federal Way

They only counted one. The person, gender unknown, was asleep in an old compact car at 2:42 a.m. Friday in a deserted parking lot on the north end of Federal Way.

During the 2011 homeless count Friday morning
Jeff Kendig wants to start a midnight walking club in Federal Way. He wants all types of people to get exercise and experience a different view of Federal Way. People interested in joining him can contact midnightstrollfederalway@gmail.com.

Moonlight mile: Midnight walking club kicks off in Federal Way

At approximately 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Jeff Kendig stood in front of Chase Bank at the southeast corner of Pacific Highway South and South 320th Street. It was cold, in the high 30s. Kendig glanced at the clock on his cell phone and wondered whether he should wait for Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest.

Jeff Kendig wants to start a midnight walking club in Federal Way. He wants all types of people to get exercise and experience a different view of Federal Way. People interested in joining him can contact midnightstrollfederalway@gmail.com.
“We plan to open a new store in Federal Way

Gen X evicted in Federal Way due to unpaid rent and taxes

The Gen X store in downtown Federal Way was evicted Jan. 21 after the clothier apparently failed to make much of its 2010 rent and property tax payments to the building owner.

“We plan to open a new store in Federal Way
House Bill 1163

Lawmakers propose anti-bully think tank for state’s schools

Beware schoolyard bullies: the state Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction would create a group to diminish abuse and harassment at schools under a bill recently introduced in the Legislature.

House Bill 1163

Federal Way schools flunk food safety inspections

Ratings of “unsatisfactory” were given to seven Federal Way school cafeterias and two high school student stores after the last round of inspections by the King County Health Department, including three of the district’s newest schools.

Teach for America recruits heading to Federal Way

Federal Way Schools may hire its first four Teach for America educators to appear in classrooms at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.Teach for… Continue reading

Todd Beamer High School freshmen Cassie Smith (left) and Casey Woehrle demonstrate how Mount Rainier could destroy Seattle during a science fair Wednesday.

Over 200 Beamer students blind us with science

Do you know there’s a disease that causes children to age at lightning speed? It’s called progeria, it afflicts about one in 4 million people… Continue reading

Todd Beamer High School freshmen Cassie Smith (left) and Casey Woehrle demonstrate how Mount Rainier could destroy Seattle during a science fair Wednesday.

‘Mystery donor’ leaves $155,000 in her will for Highline Community College

Not much is known about former Des Moines resident Daisy Sonju, except that she was a big supporter of education.

Not much is known about former Des Moines resident Daisy Sonju, except that she was a big supporter of education.

King County health department faces layoffs, cuts to maternity program

King County announced Jan. 13 that state budget cuts could cause reductions in services for low-income moms and their babies — including thousands in Federal Way — and layoffs of up to 123 county health department employees.

Superintendent Robert Neu kicked off 2011 with a “state of the schools” speech given exclusively at a Federal Way Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 12.

Neu steered his speech to a historical summary of modern American education: an imperfect system devised by Thomas Jefferson, a defeat of U.S. education by U.S.S.R. in the 1950s, and now a test-result based system fostered by the federal No Child Left Behind act that was signed into law in 2002.

Superintendent Robert Neu kicked off 2011 with a “state of the schools” speech given exclusively at a Federal Way Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 12.
Superintendent Robert Neu kicked off 2011 with a “state of the schools” speech given exclusively at a Federal Way Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 12.

State of Federal Way schools: ‘All means all’ motto put to the test

Neu steered his speech to a historical summary of modern American education: an imperfect system devised by Thomas Jefferson, a defeat of U.S. education by U.S.S.R. in the 1950s, and now a test-result based system fostered by the federal No Child Left Behind act that was signed into law in 2002.

Superintendent Robert Neu kicked off 2011 with a “state of the schools” speech given exclusively at a Federal Way Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 12.