Some familiar faces will have new roles within the school system.

Scott Maddox will be the new secondary education and Career and Technical Education supervisor, Kelly Smith will move into the principal position at Stone Memorial High School and Ina Maxwell will lead the federal programs department.

“I cannot think of three better people to join the administrative team in Cumberland County,” Director of Schools Janet Graham said during the June 27 meeting of the Cumberland County Board of Education. 

The appointments took effect July 1.

Maddox has served as principal of SMHS since 2010 and was vice principal and athletic director for the school from 2007-’10. 

He taught math for tech teacher in multiple school districts, providing him with the required Career and Technical Education teaching experience, and also taught Algebra 1 and 2 and Honors Algebra from 2005 to 2007.

He has also worked in the Putnam County, Sequatchie County and Roane County school systems. 

He holds a Doctorate of Education in education leadership from the University of the Cumberlands as well as degrees in instructional leadership, administration and supervision, and education from Tennessee Technological University.

“I believe he will bring healthy secondary perspectives to our team due to his many years as a high school principal,” Graham wrote in an announcement to faculty and staff June 17.

The move left an opening for principal at SMHS and interviews were held the week of June 24.

“It’s a domino effect when you have one,” Graham said. “We interviewed this week and had some excellent candidates.”

She announced Smith, assistant principal at the school, would take on the administrative post.

Smith has served as assistant principal for nine years.

“She brings expertise and dedication to the school that will make for a smooth transition,” Graham said in an email to faculty and staff. 

Dan Schlafer, federal programs director, has retired from the school system, effective June 30. He has served in that role since 2015 and was the federal programs director in Monroe County from 2006-’15 after 10 years as principal of Tellico Plains High School. 

He was a teacher and football coach at Cumberland County High School from 1992-’95.

Graham said four candidates were interviewed for that position.

“Not surprisingly, Dr. Ina Maxwell rose to the top,” Graham said. 

Maxwell has been working in federal programs for several years and has served the Cumberland County school system as an educator for more than 30 years.

“She has played an integral role in the federal programs department for several years and brings a wealth of knowledge to make for a successful and smooth transition in this key role,” Graham said in a statement. 

Heather Mullinix is editor of the Crossville Chronicle. She covers schools and education in Cumberland County. She may be reached at