Union County–College Corner Joint School District
|Union County–College Corner Joint State School District|
|Union County, Indiana
West College Corner, Indiana
College Corner, Ohio
|Type||Unified school district
Joint state school district
|Superintendent||Dr. Zach Rozelle|
|Asst. Superintendent(s)||Al Sustarsic|
|Students and staff|
|Athletic conference||Tri-Eastern Conference|
The Union County–College Corner Joint State School District (abbreviated UC/CC) is an interstate unified school district that serves Union County and northeastern Franklin County in Indiana, as well as portions of Preble and Butler counties near the village of College Corner in Ohio. It is the only remaining joint state school district in Indiana and Ohio. The district, which operates under Indiana law, is governed by a nine-person board of trustees with representatives from both states. Under Ohio Rev. Code §3317.024, the State of Ohio reimburses the State of Indiana for the cost of educating Ohio students, who "transfer" into the district from the College Corner Local School District under an open enrollment policy.
The school district operates four schools:
- College Corner Union Elementary School, College Corner, Ohio, and West College Corner, Indiana —
- Liberty Elementary School, Liberty, Indiana
- Union County Middle School, Liberty, Indiana
- Union County High School, Liberty, Indiana
Originally, West College Corner, Indiana, and College Corner, Ohio, operated separate schools. Upon the advice of the Indiana and Ohio Attorneys General, the two towns' school boards organized a shared College Corner Union School in September 1893. Unlike later interstate school districts, which were formed under interstate compacts with Congressional approval, no legislative approval was initially sought for the new school district. Instead, concurrent (but not joint) school boards of three members each oversaw the school and state funding was apportioned by enrollment. For the first school year, higher grades were held in Indiana while lower grades were held in Ohio. The new school building, which cost $12,000 and straddled the Indiana–Ohio state line, opened the fall of 1894. Union Township School later merged with College Corner Union School.
In 1921, the College Corner Joint School District was formed to administer the school with funding from both states. Though the two sides shared a common superintendent, each board continued to meet separately, to satisfy an Indiana open meeting law. The school building was rebuilt in 1926, with the state line running through the flagpole, between the two entrances, and down the middle of the gymnasium's basketball court.
In 1972, the Union County School Corporation was formed from school boards in Union County townships, Liberty, and West College Corner, as part of a statewide school district consolidation program. College Corner high school classes were moved to Union County High School in Liberty. In April 1988, the Ohio State Auditor and Board of Education threatened to withhold state funding for the College Corner district because it no longer offered high school instruction, but the Franklin County Common Pleas Court ruled in favor of the district, citing exemptions passed by the Indiana and Ohio General Assemblies in 1912. In 1995, a federal magistrate merged the College Corner Joint School District and Union County School Corporation into the Union County–College Corner Joint School District.
Union County–College Corner's athletic teams are known as the Patriots.
College Corner High School's athletic teams were known as the Trojans. They competed in the Preble County League in Ohio from 1907 to 1974. From 1940 to 1968, they additionally competed in the Whitewater Valley Conference in Indiana.
Notable alumni of College Corner Union Elementary School or its predecessor, College Corner Union School:
- Paul Ramsey Hawley – Army physician
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Union County–College Corner Joint School District.|
- "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Union Co/clg Corner Joint School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
- "East Central Indiana Unified School Districts" (PDF). STATS Indiana. Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. August 22, 2007. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
- "A Joint "State" School District". Union County–College Corner Joint School District. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
- "Inter-District Open Enrollment" (PDF). College Corner Local School District Board of Education. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
- "Union County Schools and Professor Clarence W. Osborne". Biographical and genealogical history of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin counties, Indiana. 2. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. 1899. pp. 620–623.
- "District split by state line stays divided" (fee required). The Cincinnati Post. E. W. Scripps Company. Associated Press. January 22, 1991. p. 12B. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
A joint executive session would have violated Indiana law, which forbids adversaries in a lawsuit from meeting privately to settle differences.
- Wheeler, Lonnie (August 23, 1988). "College Corner Journal; Singular Loyalty for Divided School". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
- "School on state line can stop fretting" (fee required). The Columbus Dispatch. Dispatch Printing Company. October 10, 1989. p. 2B. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
In September, College Corner residents won a suit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Judge David Fais ruled the district is legal and deserved continued state funding.
- Berens, Michael J. (September 13, 1989). "Two-state school is OK, judge decides" (fee required). The Columbus Dispatch. Dispatch Printing Company. p. 7C. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
Both the Ohio and Indiana legislatures voted in 1912 to make an exception for College Corner.