A reluctant Haverhill School Committee gave its approval for the sale of alcohol at the HHS Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner at Hunking School on Saturday, May 13, beginning at 5 p.m. with a reception and dinner at 6.
The request for a liquor license for the event now goes before the License Commission at its next meeting.
Members Paul A. Magliocchetti and Scott W. Wood Jr. said they disagree with the idea of serving alcohol in a school building.
Magliocchetti said he would support the request because of the importance of the event and the lack of time available to make other arrangements.
Mayor James J. Fiorentini agreed, saying, “I don’t want to kill this event, but I don’t want alcohol served in the schools.”
Superintendent James F. Scully said an outside vendor will handle the alcohol sales, and all servers will be TIP certified, meaning they are trained in procedures for safe alcohol serving. The vendor will carry proper insurance, Scully said.
Wood cast the lone “no” vote.
Eleven athletes and coaches make up the inaugural class. They are: Kate Abromovich, Class of 1989, golf, softball and basketball; Andy Alsup, Class of 1997, football and track; Matt Battistini, Class of 1978, football and track; Duane Carlisle, Class of 1983, basketball and track; Dan Conway, Class of 1976, football; Heidi Hannenian, Class of 1989, swimming; Kerry (Horgan) DeVries, Class of 1988, field hockey, basketball and softball; R. John Ottaviani, Class of 1957, coach, athletic director; Carlos Pena, Class of 1995, baseball; Mary Schena, Class of 1983, cross country and track; and Kevin Woelfel, coach and teacher.
Tickets are $50 each and are available at www.hillies.org by clicking on the Athletics tab.