Mayor: Educational exchange could come soon
Decatur Mayor John Schultz doesn't expect any immediate economic benefits to come from last week's visit by a Chinese delegation, but he does think an educational exchange could occur in the near future.
Schultz said at this week's city council meeting that mayors he has talked to who have had exchanges with the Chinese say it takes several years before any possible economic development materialize.
But three of the six men in the delegation were educators and North Adams Superintendent Wiley Sirk is a strong supporter of an educational exchange, the mayor added.
All six spent considerable time checking out Bellmont high and middle schools and, Adams County Economic Development Director Larry Macklin, said earlier, posed numerous questions about the school system during lunch at BHS.
"They were a very nice delegation of people," he added of the Chinese visitors.