South Burlington

Three Transportation Security Administration trucks brought bomb-sniffing dogs to Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington after a bomb threat Tuesday morning.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Police conducted a sweep of Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington Tuesday morning using bomb detection dogs from the Transportation Security Administration after a bomb threat was called in to South Burlington Police.

Signage in front of a soon-to-be Target in 2013. The first Vermont store, to be located in the University Mall in South Burlington, has attracted strong feelings from Vermonters.
shaunl / iStock

Reactions to the news that Target will be opening its first Vermont store have been all over the place. Some are lamenting the arrival of another "big box store," while others are barely able express their joy in words — instead relying on strings of celebratory emojis.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

A potential teachers' strike has been averted in South Burlington and school is in session today.

Early Wednesday morning the South Burlington Educators' Association and the South Burlington School Board reached an agreement on a two-year collective bargaining agreement.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

Vermont is on the verge of its second major teacher strike of the young school year after the South Burlington Educators' Association voted Friday to walk off the job Oct. 4 if they don't have a new contract in place before then.

For teachers in some school districts around the state, these last few weeks have been not just back-to-school time but back-to-the-bargaining-table time.

In two of the state's largest communities - Burlington and South Burlington - negotiations between teachers and the school boards have hit snags. In Burlington, teachers have set a strike date for this Wednesday.

South Burlington police arrested a man Friday morning on an outstanding assault warrant after the man allegedly made a threat against the mother of a student at South Burlington Orchard School, police say. The alleged threat led to a brief lockdown at the school Friday morning.

South Burlington voters approved a school budget for the coming academic year after defeating two previous budget proposals.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Voters in South Burlington approved a school budget for the coming academic year Tuesday after two earlier budgets failed. The 3,146 to 2,067 approval from voters came after a politically charged campaign.

A sign encouraging voters to reject the school budget and another to approve it on a lawn in South Burlington. The decision to change the school mascot name has loomed over the budget debate.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

On Tuesday, residents of South Burlington will vote on the local school budget. This will be the third time the city has tried to pass a budget this year, and the vote is tied up in a decision to drop the school district’s mascot name, the Rebels.

Patti Daniels / VPR

South Burlington voters have rejected two school budgets amidst the ongoing debate over the changing of the high school's "rebel" nickname. They'll vote on a third in June.

A South Burlington High School student accused of making email and phone threats against the school last week is in jail and facing federal charges.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

According to a robo call made to parents, all South Burlington schools will be closed Friday after threatening emails were received earlier in the week.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

South Burlington High School went into lockdown Wednesday morning after staff received a "message of a threatening nature." A district spokesperson told VPR that there was not an immediate threat on campus.

South Burlington residents have voted down the school budget for a second time.

Andy Poulastides / Eglin Public Affairs

The anticipated arrival of F-35 fighter jets has residents near Burlington International Airport concerned about how much noise the jets will generate. And there have been questions about the availability of sound maps that show how jet noise will affect homes around the airport.

Angela Evancie / VPR File

Since Donald Trump's election as president, four cities in Vermont have taken steps to declare or discuss declaring themselves sanctuary cities, as part of a response by communities nationwide to anticipate Trump's proposed immigration policies. But what does "sanctuary city" mean?

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Officials in the City of South Burlington are calling on residents to vote yes on a plan that would establish a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in the city.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

South Burlington is planning to put a solar array on top of an old landfill to get renewable energy and financial savings out of a piece of land that can’t be used for much else, officials said Tuesday.

A federal judge has dealt a blow to opponents of the Air Force's plan to base F-35 fighter jets at Burlington International Airport.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Across Vermont, organizations are experimenting with new models to combat homelessness. In some communities they're being welcomed, but in others, there's been push back.

The state says that the chemical PFOA has been detected for the first time outside of Bennington County. Gov. Peter Shumlin says PFOA and PFOS, which is also a suspected carcinogen, were found in groundwater on the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington.

Pages