Opelousas Mayor Donald Cravins says he wants something major to change with education in his city.  Cravins says he will ask the city council at an upcoming meeting to create an independent school district for the city or move to a charter school system.

Cravins says he plan to address the city's educational woes with the council at their February 19th meeting.

Cravins says he is upset that the St. Landry Parish School System once again did not vote on a superintendent for the district.  He is also upset with the news that the board will close Creswell Elementary as they try to prevent the school from being taken over by the state of Louisiana.

The Opelousas mayor contends that having a failing school system makes is very difficult, if not impossible, to get new businesses to move to their area. He says that their are ten schools in the city of Opelousas and only two are considered to be doing an adequate job.

Cravins also talked about a similar idea when he first ran for the mayor's office.