The executive director of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is leaving her post, officials said Thursday.

Heather Cope, who has held the job for two years, is taking a position as chief of staff for the Office of School Performance in the Camden, New Jersey, School District.

BESE President Chas Roemer said Thursday that he hopes the job here can be filled during the board’s October meeting.

BESE sets policies for about 700,000 public school students.

The executive director is responsible for administrative and fiscal operations of the board office.

Cope, who is paid $125,000 per year, said her new post will allow her to work closer with students.

She is the fifth person to hold the job since 2008.

Former BESE Executive Director Weegie Peabody retired in mid-2008 after 12 years on the job. Since then, the post was held by Catherine Pozniak, Jeanette Vosburg and Amy Westbrook.

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