The following item was presented at the Nov. 15 meeting of the Alexandria School Board. For further information, call 824-6635.

GRANTS AWARDED -- Dr. James Aiken, executive assistant to the superintendent, announced this year's project achievement grants, totaling $20,302, to be awareded to eight schools. An eight-member committee of parents, teachers and one board member chose 14 programs from 17 proposals submitted earlier this year by teachers and administrators. Committee members, who judge the proposals based on nine criteria, are chosen annually by school administrators, the PTA and the school board. Funds for the annual grants are included in the school system's budget.

The eight schools receiving grants are Jefferson-Houston, George Mason, Mount Vernon, Lyles-Crouch and John Adams elementary schools and Cora Kelly Magnet School, George Washington Junior High School and T.C. Williams High School.

Grants include $1,200 for a laminating machine, spiral book binders, paper and art supplies for a publisher's workshop at Cora Kelly Magnet School, in which students will learn about aspects of writing and printing their work; $500 for a world civilization art consultant who will present humanities slide seminars to students studying history, art and social studies at George Washington Junior High School; and $2,330 for a computer and printer for the John Adams Elementary School kindergarten class.

The grant program was begun four years ago by the board as a way to fund special programs proposed by teachers and administrators. "It gives an opportunity for teachers to do things that they feel are necessary ... and {offers} a way to let schools develop their own programs," Aiken said.