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The Saratoga Springs School District fires an English teacher nearly one year after he was placed on administrative leave for "inappropriate conduct" with a 14-year-old female student. Mark Oppenneer, 37, allegedly pursued the relationship during the spring semester of the 2006-2007 school year and through the following summer. The relationship was not physical in nature, but Oppenneer sent more than 100 communications by e-mail, instant messenger and MySpace.

Preparations for the new school year take an unexpected turn at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District when coats of gym floor finish neglect to dry in gyms at the high school and middle school. It takes two months for the district to fix the problem, during which time sports teams are bused to other locations. The repairs and associated costs ultimately create an $80,000 bill for the district, which they hope to recover from Wisconsin-based Essential Industries, maker of the floor finish.

The Town of Malta signs off on planned development district legislation regarding zoning in the Luther Forest Technology Campus, clearing the way for AMD to obtain construction permits to build multiple chip fabrication facilities at a then-estimated cost of $3.2 billion. Some residents say they feel the legislation does not provide enough protection for the town, but others express delight at the prospect of growth in Saratoga County.

September

The Sept. 9 primary election culls a large field of candidates into frontrunners for the upcoming general election. Roy McDonald easily wins the Republican nod in the race for the 43rd District Senate seat vacated by Joseph Bruno, and Democrats pick Mike Russo to run against him. In the 112th Assembly District, two political newcomers emerge as frontrunners: Republican Tony Jordan and Democrat Ian McGaughey.

A hard-fought race for the 110th District State Democratic Committee seat ends with incumbent Shawn Thomas retaining his position. His challenger, Patrick Southworth, came just 172 votes short of deposing him.

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