The following were among actions taken by the Alexandria City Council at its June 26 meeting. For further information, call 838-4300.

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS -- The City Council reappointed three School Board members to three-year terms, despite some council members' complaints that the board has been aloof, has routinely sought unreasonably high budgets and has been criticized by parents for weakening programs for the gifted and making insufficient progress in improving minority achievement.

The council, following several days of private discussion, reappointed Judith S. Seltz, Gene C. Lange and Nelson E. Greene Jr. to their third consecutive terms on the board.

Greene received unanimous support from the seven-member council, while Seltz, who has chaired the School Board for the past two years, and Lange, who has been vice chairman for the past year, each received six votes each -- with council members Lionel R. Hope and William C. Cleveland voting for other candidates.

Council member Redellas S. "Del" Pepper publicly rebuked the board members after the vote. "I certainly do not want anyone to feel this was any great endorsement of our incumbents or the School Board. The {public} pressure to remove all, or at least one, was unprecedented."

Although council members said some of the seven challengers for the School Board this year had solid credentials, they said the incumbents possessed experience that would be invaluable as the school system enters a difficult period of redrawing school attendance boundaries.

"We're going to need an experienced board to get us through redistricting," said Council member T. Michael Jackson.

Jackson also asked the School Board to submit more responsible budgets in the future. "Please, bring us a budget that falls within the {city council's} guidelines," he said.

Before they voted, several council members said they had heard from parents at different schools, especially George Mason Elementary School in the city's affluent Braddock Heights neighborhood, that the curriculum for advanced students had been watered down in recent years to accommodate slow-learning students.

In addition, other parents have expressed concern about the continued low test scores of students enrolled in minority achievement programs, council members said.

"There is a perception in the community that maybe the School Board has not been as strong in terms of guidance as it should be," Vice Mayor Patricia S. Ticer said.