- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont community has passed a school budget on a third try, following two previous budget defeats amid controversy over plans to change a school mascot name.

South Burlington voters approved a $49 million budget Tuesday. On the same day, school officials discovered an athletic field had been vandalized with racist graffiti and police say a man is a facing aggravated disorderly conduct charge for acting in an aggressive and threatening manner toward a juvenile regarding placement of a sign related to the vote.

In February, the school board voted unanimously to drop the “Rebel” school nickname because of previous connections to the Confederacy. Some alumni and parents say the name change is unnecessary and want a public vote.

Students have chosen “wolves” as the new mascot name.

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