Sometimes snippy exchanges gave way to a more collaborative mood as the selectmen and a trio of school board members talked their way through a long and costly-looking list of needed repairs to school buildings and grounds.\u201cColeytown Middle School in Westport is a good warning to us here,\u201d said Doug Silver, referring to a mold-plagued building that\u2019s been making headlines. \u201cColeytown School in Westport is closed.\u201d\u201cI don\u2019t believe we have any mold in our schools, Doug,\u201d said First Selectman Rudy Marconi. \u201cThe press is here. You\u2019ll put the fear of God in parents.\u201dSilver was soon listing off schools where a recent tour by a committee of selectmen, school officials, and finance board members had found evidence of leaks \u2014 which, unaddressed, can lead to mold.\u201cRidgebury, Farmingville, East Ridge, V.P. [Veterans Parks] ...\u201d Silver said.There is no official estimate of what all the repairs will cost, or when they\u2019ll be tackled. But they prompted lively discussion at the Jan. 23 selectmen\u2019s meeting.\u201cWhere does the money come from?\u201d asked school board member Tracey O\u2019Connor.\u201cAll of it comes from the taxpayers,\u201d replied Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark.It was then that quietly expressed skepticism among the school contingent got to Marconi.\u201cI really don\u2019t like you sitting there making faces,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019re all adults here. We do the best we can.\u201dHe also challenged descriptions Silver had given at previous school and finance board meetings on problems with schools buildings.\u201cI don\u2019t think they\u2019re crumbling,\u201d Marconi said. \u201cAnd I don\u2019t think they\u2019re falling apart.\u201d Inside outSome projects discussed \u2014 like gutting and renovating all Ridgefield High School\u2019s restrooms \u2014 are already in the schools\u2019 five-year capital improvement plan, where the RHS restroom renovations form a three-year $435,000, program costing $145,000 a year from 2020 to 2023.Other projects on the to-do list have no cost estimates.There\u2019s a sharing of responsibility: the school system handles maintenance and repairs inside the school buildings; the town cares for the outside of the buildings.With the inside-outside division of responsibilities, there\u2019s some confusion about courtyards in some schools \u2014 are they inside or outside?\u201cFigure it out,\u201d said Selectman Steve Zemo.Routine outside maintenance \u2014 snowplowing, cutting grass \u2014 is handled by Parks and Recreation Department. Driveway paving, filling potholes, fall to the Highway Department.Big projects like roof replacements go through the Board of Selectmen. Patching of minor roof leaks is overseen by the town engineer\u2019s office.\u201cIt there are active leaks, they\u2019ve got to be patched and fixed right away,\u201d Marconi said. \u201c...If I can get a list of where the active leaks are\u2026\u201dCommunication structureThis focused discussion on the need to improve the flow of information from onsite school staff to the school administration, and perhaps relevant town officials.\u201cI think we need to look at the communication and the process,\u201d Marconi said. \u201cFormalize it.\u201d\u201cThere should be one person that\u2019s responsible,\u201d said selectman Bob Hebert.\u201cIt\u2019s me,\u201d said Joe Morits, the school facilities director.Tiger HollowTiger Hollow was another concern, complicated by the fact school and town officials were joined by a third interested group: the RHS athletics boosters who fundraised for the original Tiger Hollow construction and some upgrades.The town has been putting $43,000 a year into a sinking fund for replacement of the artificial turf field \u2014 something the town agreed to when at accept the original gift of all-weather field.But there\u2019s more to Tiger Hollow than artificial grass.\u201cThe issue coming up is the track. The number we hear coming up is $450,000 to $500,000,\u201d Silver said. \u201c...We have to have a strategy for replacement of the track.\u201dMarconi offered to approach Tiger Hollow boosters about renovating the track.\u201cI know that that is something that has to be done,\u201d he said.