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Back to school time _ again

All Hillsborough County public schools will resume classes Wednesday after two days off courtesy of Hurricane Jeanne.

Tampa Electric Co. workers restored power to the last remaining 13 campuses in eastern Hillsborough County by late afternoon, finishing Riverview Elementary School repairs by 5 p.m.

Workers hope to repair broken air conditioning systems at eight schools by Wednesday morning. The schools are Folsom, Knights, Lithia Springs, Seffner, Robinson and Yates elementary schools; Turkey Creek Middle School; and Durant High School.

On Wednesday, students at nine schools will be given bottled water because power outages damaged water plants. Those schools are Durant High School, South County Career Center, Turkey Creek and Dowdell middle schools, and Clair Mel, Cork, Knights, Pinecrest and Robinson elementary schools.

In all, the storm knocked out power to 41 schools, scattering tree limbs across many campuses and leaving leaky roofs.

School spokesman Mark Hart said no schools suffered major structural damage.

So far this year, Hillsborough County students have missed six days because of hurricanes.

Makeup days will be scheduled soon.