For Release – July 23, 2012
As a result of a recent trade mission to China, Adams County school Superintendents Wylie Sirk (North Adams), Scott Litwiller (South Adams) and Mike Pettibone (Adams Central) Adams County School Corporations met on July 12th at Adams Central Schools with a Chinese delegate to learn more about joint educational initiatives. Also, attending was Superintendent Tim Long of Jay Schools Corporation and Region 8 Educational Services Director Josh Wenning.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz, Adams County Economic Development Director Larry Macklin and Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership CEO John Sampson joined Lt. Governor Becky Skillman in the trade mission last month. .
While in China, one of the NE Indiana delegates’ objectives was to meet with Josh Zhao, a consultant for the Zhejiang Province with a specialty in educational initiatives. Zhejiang Province is the Sister State with the State of Indiana. That meeting was productive and the consultant agreed to meet with the local Superintendents this month.
The Superintendents were grateful for the opportunity to have joint discussions and exposure to the development of a relationship with schools from the Province of Zhejiang.
It was noted that the creation of educational initiatives and an eventual Sister City, would bring strength and trust towards continued and meaningful economic development connections.
The educational opportunities could include students and faculty visiting each nation and the development of a better understanding of global interaction to attain a broader education.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Macklin said, “In terms of education, we are simply gratified to be at this level of attainment of a relationship between our Adams County Schools and the Zhejiang schools. Mayor Schultz, Mr. Sampson and I were received with warm welcomes in the education discussions and school visitation”.
Macklin continued – “These school relationships are a great part of building trust among our communities as we work towards building business opportunities in this global marketplace.”
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