Bailey Ropes

Bunker Hill, IN - Maconaquah School Corporation approved the hire of a new grant writer and public relations officer at its June board meeting, and for her, it is a return to her alma mater.

Bailey Ropes, 2009 Maconaquah alumnae, will succeed Eric Stoff, who was with the corporation for five years.

“I’ve always enjoyed writing,” Ropes said, adding that she has journalism and P.R. experience. “I’m very excited to jump back into it, and I am also excited to return to Maconaquah.”

In addition to graduating from Maconaquah High School, Ropes worked as an instructional assistant at Maconaquah Middle School a few years ago.

Ropes said she loves Maconaquah’s tight-knit community.

“Whether on campus or away, I often run into other Braves who I can very easily strike up a conversation with,” she said. “The corporation also has a positive and encouraging atmosphere.”

Ropes and her husband Blake have three daughters, the oldest of which is a Maconaquah student.

Maconaquah Superintendent Dr. James Callane said he is excited to have Ropes on board.

“She is a known and respected person in our community,” he said. “She is also a graduate of Maconaquah, has a background in journalism, and is a perfect fit for what we are looking for in a grant writer and P.R. officer.”

Callane said he hopes Ropes, “continues to secure grants for our corporation and continue to cover events that take place at Maconaquah.”

He noted that Stoff secured more than $1 million in grants during his tenure, and he is confident that Ropes can build on that success.

Ropes said she plans on being a “familiar face” for students, parents, and staff.

“Maconaquah has changed leaps and bounds since I was a student there, and in my opinion only in the best ways,” Ropes said. “I would love to help in these continual changes to advance and improve the corporation.”