School chief's cure for sagging enrollment: Import students

He said that although their may be political differences between the U.S. and China, the differences between the people themselves is overblown.

"Everywhere we went people would run up to us and tell us how much they loved Americans," Hults said. "It felt like we were rock stars."

Hults spent several days teaching English in rural Chinese schools, one of which was primarily occupied by refugee students from the recent earthquake.

"I am investigating having some refugee students come to Newcomb Central," he said. "In the morning the students did military drills and that's when you realized you were Communist China, but the heart of the people was absolutely inspiring."

For Hults, cultural interplay is a necessary component for any educational system and if it builds the student body of local schools, all the better.

"It's time to shake some bushes and see if this can work,' Hults said. "This is a way to build the school while adding to the educational experience."

Hults said that he is regularly traveling to Albany to lobby for funding for the dormitory construction and operation.

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