Alleged violations of high school sports recruiting in Northern Virginia have been substantiated by a three-member panel, according to school superintendents of Fairfax County and Alexandria.

The matter is being referred to school board attorneys for recommendations on what actions to take.

The action follows an oral report to the superintendents by a fact-finding panel, which conducted interviews with students, school officials and others during the past three months.

Alexandria School Superintendent Robert W. Peebles would not discuss specifics of the panel's findings other than to say they involved several schools in Fairfax County and Alexandria.

"I would like to make them public as soon as possible. That's why we're seeking legal advice. We want to avoid the appearance of a coverup," Peebles said.

Fairfax County School Superintendent Linton Deck was out of town yesterday and could not be reached for comment.

The investigatory panel, consisting of one representative each from the Fairfax, Alexandria and Prince William County school systems, was appointed last January after two students at Fairfax County's Mount Vernon High School wrote an article for the school newspaper contending the school had been recruiting athletes from Alexandria's T.C. Williams High School.

Denying the claims, the Mount Vernon administration ordered copies of the newspaper confiscated, but some were distributed anyway.