I think you’re misunderstanding the setup here. I’ll try to explain.
We live in a small city of around 53,000 people. The development that we live in is on land that used to be part of a township. It was a farm field before construction started. (The family’s farmhouse, complete with a dilapidated barn, stood on what is now the next street East of NS Street on my map.)
The land got annexed to the city for utilities, property taxes, etc., as pieces of the farmland continued to be sold for further development. For reasons that I don’t understand, the land that our development sits on did not become part of the city school district, although it became part of the city limits. The land remained under the purview of the rural school district. That’s the way the deal was done.
So, we live in a small city that has 2 different school districts. Most of the city is under the purview of the city school district. We are in a tiny section of the city that remained part of the rural school district.
Both school districts allow open enrollment. Students are allowed to get bus transportation from the district they are enrolled in. But the buses will not go outside the geographic boundaries of their respective school districts.
For example, my N neighbor had her kids enrolled in the city school district for a few years. The city school district would not pick her kids up at our corner because it’s not within the city school district. She had to take her kids to the closest city school district pickup location. The city school district contracts with a third-party school bus company.
Our rural school district used to require the open-enrolled kids who lived in the city school district to find their own way to the closest pickup location within the rural school district. Our rural school district owns their buses and the drivers are direct employees of the rural school district.
(This arrangement also resulted in residents of the city who are in the rural school district being taxed for both the city public libraries and the rural public library for many years, because the rural public library had been set up as a school district library. State law changed a couple of years ago to stop this. Now state residents are only taxed for the libraries in the school district they live in. But I digress.)
To make it even more confusing, some of the houses on our street are in the city school district. Starting with the 10th house South of ours is one part of the city school district. It was at the edge of the farmland before that part of the farmland was sold. The 13th house South of mine sits on the corner of the intersection that is one of the school bus pickup/drop off areas for the city school district. At least my N neighbor didn’t have to take her kids too far down the street to catch their bus.
Sometime in the last few years, our rural school district has assigned the open-enrolled kids to specific intersections throughout the district. The kids who are coming to our intersection and the intersection directly to the West, are coming from someplace North of here.