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Huron voters reject school opt-out funding

HURON -- Huron voters rejected a $1.5 million school opt-out for five years on Tuesday.

According to a news release from the Beadle County auditor's office, the opt-out proposal lost by a 1,113-953 margin. Voter turnout was 20 percent.

Huron school board chairman John Halbkat had said if the opt-out was rejected, as many as 32 full-time teaching positions will be cut from the district budget.

The state-mandated 6.6 percent budget cut means $700,000 less for the Huron School District. The district has a $1.2 million shortfall for its 2011-12 school year, officials have said.