My name is Sheila Gibbs and I am the principal of Koontz Intermediate School. Most of my career has been spent in Buncombe County Schools with 14 years as a classroom teacher, 11 years in administration, and three years as the district Director of Instructional Technology. I have a BS in Elementary and Middle School Education with a concentration in Math, Reading Certification K-12, AIG Certification, MA in Educational Leadership, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership. It is an honor to serve as the first administrator of Koontz Intermediate School, which will house 5th and 6th grade students in the T.C. Roberson school district.
As one of the two LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) schools of Buncombe County Schools, our LEED project goal is to create a healthy environment that supports education through teacher, student, and staff performance. The LEED Project was introduced by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000 and credits points to LEED schools based on sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation & design process. One feature of this building is the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard (EEED), which is an interactive learning lab with continuous coverage on the building’s environmental conditions, energy usage, carbon offsets, and status of water storage.
Some of the site features include solar thermal panels, day-lighting monitors in the classrooms, a cool roof membrane, an outdoor classroom with amphitheatre, rainwater cistern and garden, green screen trellises, storm water filtration, and LED site lighting.
Koontz Intermediate will be equipped with state of the art technology, including interactive boards in every classroom and mobile laptops in a wireless environment. Other electronic devices include electronic readers, student response systems, a media retrieval system, and small video cameras. The focus will be on preparing students through an integrated approach of weaving global skills, leadership & character traits, individual goals & accountability, problem-solving, and life skills within the common core and essential standards, in order to maximize the level of overall achievement in every student.