The city of Omro is a small, rural community (pop. 3,300) in northeast Wisconsin. Omro Middle School is located on the far north side of the city, with farmland less than a mile to its north, east and west. While 42 percent of its students live within two miles of the school, many of these students must cross one or more major barriers – including state highways and the Fox River – to walk and bike there. As a result, the vast majority of students are eligible to be bused.