Founders of T.M. Landry out as Board Members, so what’s next for the school?

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BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (KLFY) – T.M. Landry College Preparatory in Breaux Bridge has a new chairman of their Board of Directors.
Greg Davis will serve in that position.
 
At a news conference on Friday, he announced that the school’s founders, Michael and Tracey Landry, will step down from the Board, but continued to serve as teachers.
 
– Back in September, News 10 met with nearly a dozen parents, students and formers teachers from T.M. Landry, who all claimed the school’s co-founders, Michael and Tracey Landry, created a hostile work environment and doctored students’ college entry letters.
– 2 weeks ago, that information was released in a scathing New York Times article, with those same allegations.
Louisiana State Police confirmed this week that they have taken over the investigation into all allegations of physical abuse.
 
The Board has hired Couhig Partners in New Orleans to conduct the independent investigation into all the allegations made in The Times’ article.

The law firm has asked Paul Pastorek, the former State Superintendent of Education to take the lead in the investigation, which the school will be paying for.
 
“I was convinced then and I am convinced now, that the school’s success is real,” said Greg Davis.
He came out Friday defending the school.

2 Weeks after allegations were made in The Times, that the school’s founders, Micheal and Tracey Landry doctored college applications and fostered a culture of abuse.
 
“I’ve spoken to most of the parents. They all say that what’s in that article, does not reflect their experience, here at T.M. Landry,” said Davis.
 
Since the bombshell article, Davis says the Board and the Landry’s have agreed on a few things as you can see below:
 
“You (the media) need, the community needs, someone other than me. I can’t bring the level of scrutiny, that an independent investigation will bring,” said Davis.
 
He says that the Board will wait until that independent investigation is complete, to see what impact this could have on graduating seniors, making it into college next year.
 
“All of this has certainly generated all kinds of publicity. And that publicity has certainly made it’s way up to those universities and colleges,” Davis stated.
 
The article also mentions there were complaints against Micheal Landry from former students about physical abuse .

Davis defended the Board’s decision, to keep Landry in his position as Director of Development and Education,
 
“We the parents that have children here, believe that it is very important for the Landry’s to continue in their positions. We want them to continue in their positions,” Davis firmly stated.
 
Before the article came out, the school had roughly 110 students. They’re now down to 91.
Davis says he believes the Landry’s are innocent.
 
“We ask the community to reserve judgment until our full investigation is completed.”
 
In The Times article there was the mention of the school feeling like a ‘cult.’
We asked Davis about that and he denied it.
 
Today the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance released a quick reference guide for students transferring from T.M. Landry.
You can find that information here.
 
Davis says the independent investigation should be complete by late January.
No word on when State Police should complete their’s as well.

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