In retaliation for the recent school closing decision, Fairfax County Supervisor Joseph Alexander (D-Lee) vowed earlier this week to end the county board's time-honored tradition of automatically approving names recommended for seats on the school board.

Alexander says if supervisors nominate school board members who supported school closings, he will try to block the appointments. The terms of four memebers of the school board -- Toni Carney, Ruth Dell, Ann Kahn and Robert Smith -- expire on June 30.

Carney is the only one of the four to have voted with the board minority to keep Wilton Woods School in Lee District open next year. Alexander had led his constituents in a attempt to keep the school open.

Alexander says he will seek help in trying to block the appointments from other supervisors who are displeased with what he termed the arrogance of the school baord.

The move comes as a result of what Alexander said was the "holler-than-thou attitude" of the school board in its decision to close seven elementary schools. The decision to close had been taken in spite of massive public resistance, he said, and without concrete evidence that the closings would either save taxpayers' money or improve the quality of education.