Alcohol

The Victoria school board will take the next steps at a meeting Thursday to support a legislative bill that would allow alcoholic beverages to be sold and served at the Victoria Fine Arts Center after school hours.

The Victoria school board will take the next steps at a meeting Thursday to support a legislative bill that would allow alcoholic beverages to be sold and served at the Victoria Fine Arts Center after school hours.

The board will discuss and take action on a resolution that would support a bill that would give the school district authority to expand the beverage service to include alcohol at the center for certain events hosted by nonprofit organizations after school hours.

State law prohibits the service of alcohol at the center.

During the VISD board’s December meeting, John Bennett, a board member of the Victoria Symphony Society, spoke about the possible bill. Bennett told the school board that alcohol was previously sold to patrons during symphony performances at the auditorium at Victoria College when the auditorium still existed. The symphony moved its performances to the center in 2011.

“The No. 1 complaint from our patrons is that they can’t have a drink during intermission,” he said.

The bill would not mandate the district to provide alcohol service, he said, and nonprofit organizations that would like to serve alcohol would have to obtain a permit from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Bennett said a bill has been drafted but has not yet been filed by local legislators, pending support from the school district.

In other business, the board will also conduct a public hearing on the district’s Texas Academic Performance Report, which will include district attendance rates, dropout rates, and campus and district performance objectives.

Amber Aldaco reports on regional counties for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at aaldaco@vicad.com or 361-580-6303.

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Amber Aldaco is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She's covered various events in the Crossroads including a zoo rescue, a biker funeral and a state meeting with the governor. She enjoys singing with her significant other.

(2) comments

Brian Vandale

The only thing the city and now VISD is good for, promoting alcohol. But I guess Victoria can't function with-out alcohol. Any function the city has includes alcohol, now this. I quit drinking 9 years ago and don't have a problem with people drinking. But if you can't go and sit for 2-4 hours with-out a drink, it's sad.

Grosvenor Van Dusen Jr

If you allow alcohol to be sold on High School grounds, then why can't alcohol be sold at school board or parent teacher meetings, and other functions such as athletic events or fund raisers. The event times are about the same in duration. What happens in alcohol related case of an accident that occurs on school grounds. Who is liable? I am not in favor of this. G. B. Van Dusen Jr

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