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At nearby Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District, plans are under way to offer classes in nanotechnology similar to those at Ballston Spa. Teachers have been examining options since February 2007 and incorporating nanotechnology into their courses.

"We want to prepare our students for job opportunities that could be available locally at AMD, but it's much larger than that," said science department head George Seymour. "We want students to have a basic understanding of nanotechnology."

Science classes at BH-BL have been building nanotube synthesizers and an atomic force microscope simulator.

Of course, with budget worries across the state, local school districts will have trouble putting pricy tools into the hands of students, and there is some concern that with a potential population influx, funding programs won't get any easier.

"As one of the highest performing school districts in the Capital District, we feel this could impact us," said BH-BL district spokeswoman Christy Multer. "One of our concerns is that with housing developments that are aimed at people with school-aged children the costs of educating those children will be greater than the taxes of that house.""

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