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Tuba player Chancellor Jackson, 15, of Blake High School, performs in Tampa's Gasparilla parade in January.The Hillsborough County School District spent $655,092 last year to bus 411 magnet students each day to Blake, where the arts magnet includes band. The district's total magnet busing bill was $8.7 million. [CHARLIE KAIJO | Times]

Hillsborough wants more magnet schools, despite their cost

TAMPA — Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins looked at his network of magnet programs, including their $8.7 million busing cost, and came to this conclusion: Let's do more of it. Far from wanting to phase out magnets as the cash-strapped district labors to save money, he wants to see more s …