East Aurora school officials have tapped a retired town judge to help them try to break a deadlock with Fisher-Price over the purchase of five acres needed to expand Parkdale Elementary School as part of a $24 million capital project proposal.
The School Board on Wednesday night named former Aurora Town Justice David Floyd, a longtime East Aurora resident, to take over for Superintendent James Bodziak as the district's negotiator.
The land is essential for the $15.1 million, two-story addition to Parkdale, which would add third and fourth grades, becoming a kindergarten-though-fourth-grade facility.
"We have been hitting a brick wall," board member Kathyann Lorka said.
Bodziak said he hopes Fisher-Price brings "someone new to the table to end this deadlock."
Floyd, who attended the board meeting, said he would be willing to help as a citizen and member of the district's Facilities Committee.
"It's not going to be easy," he said. "Obviously, it takes two to tango."
Floyd said he hopes to launch immediate talks and said he will negotiate without any compensation.