Niroumand says district interested in bringing him back

Farshid Niroumand
Farshid Niroumand

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - In what has been a whirlwind week at Nacogdoches ISD, the recently resigned athletic director, Farshid Niroumand, said the district is indicating they may want him back in the position.

Niroumand said he has received a letter from Superintendent Fred Hayes that he wants to "talk to me and come to a constructive conclusion that's good for the district and students."

"I interpret that obviously they are interested," Niroumand said.

Niroumand said he will meet with Hayes, but does not yet know when that meeting will happen.

"I have to use my heart and my intelligence as to what's best for the district," Niroumand said. "All the indication is they want me and that's why I want to visit Dr. Hayes. If they want to meet with me they must have something in mind."

Just a week after taking over the office of the athletic director at Nacogdoches ISD, Dr. Dennis Parker is already no longer the AD at the school.

District spokeswoman Marty Prince confirmed Parker and NISD had separated.

Prince said the partnership is not a good fit at this time.

Parker took over the office last week after Farshid Niroumand resigned from the district after Superintendent Fred Hayes reassigned him to a new office.

The NISD board of trustees hold their next meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m.

NISD used Parker's character-building curriculum in its schools this past year, along with 2,000 other schools around the world.

Niroumand said he is overwhelmed by the support from the community.

"I am most humble and didn't even think they would say that many good things at my funeral," Niroumand said. "At the same time I don't think I've done anything to get such support. I did what I simply chose to do and That's to take care of the kids."

Below is a letter from Hayes released to media:

Dear Nacogdoches ISD Family,

In light of recent events and after much consideration, I have decided that it is in the best interest of Nacogdoches ISD to cease utilizing the services of Dennis Parker, both as a volunteer football coach and as a character curriculum specialist. In addition, Parker is no longer in line to become interim athletic director for the district.

Because of Coach Parker's hard work and personal commitment to the students of Nacogdoches ISD, we have seen tangible evidence of our students' progress. Parker's service to Nacogdoches ISD has been appreciated, and under his guidance our character education program has made great strides. However, it is evident to me now that the district needs to go in a different direction.

The character education curriculum that Parker has supplied to the district will still be available for use, but we will begin searching for a new program to use next year. Principals and teachers at each campus will collaborate with administrators to choose an appropriate character education program to replace the curriculum Parker was creating.

Our students need and deserve a stable learning environment and strong leadership. As a district and a community, we will work together to provide strong programs that will ensure the academic and athletic success of our students.  

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