State Board of Education Honors ITMS

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 1:25pm


October 18, 2017


Flagler County School District

Jason Wheeler


Indian Trails Named School of Excellence


Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager is proud to announce Indian Trails Middle School has been named a “School of Excellence” by the State Board of Education. The designation was announced at the State Board of Education meeting Wednesday in Jacksonville.

“This is a result of the hard work and commitment by Principal Paul Peacock, his faculty, staff, students, and parents,” says Superintendent Tager. “I have challenged everyone in the District to Drive with a Purpose and this goes to show the possibility that can be achieved through the effort of significant adults working collaboratively toward academic achievement for all students.

Principal Paul Peacock adds, “Being designated a school of excellence by the Florida Department of Education validates the effort of our scholars and professional educators. We so appreciate the support of our school board members, district staff, parents and community to provide the best environment for our scholars to thrive.”

The Schools of Excellence program was included with HB 7069 last spring and rewards the state’s top performing schools. In all, 640 elementary, middle, and high schools received the designation. Schools keep the designation for up to three years.

To be eligible, according to the guidelines, schools have to be an A or B school in each of the most recent three school years and had to rank at the 80th percentile or higher for their school type for at least two of the last three years.

Additionally, a School of Excellence has the following administrative flexibilities as outlined by law:

  • exemption from any law or rule that requires a minimum period of daily or weekly instruction in reading;

  • principal autonomy as provided under s. 1012.28(8), F.S.;

  • instructional personnel may substitute one year of employment at the school for 20 inservice points, up to 60 points total in a five-year cycle, toward renewal of a professional certificate;

  • exemption from compliance with school district policies establishing times for the start and end of the school day; and

  • calculation of class size compliance based on the average number students at the school level.



Flagler Schools strives to be the nation's premier learning organization. Our mission is to ensure educational success through high expectations and innovative thinking in a safe learning environment to empower students to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical, and productive citizens in a diverse and changing world. We can be reached online at, or and via telephone at 386-437-7526.