Starting last school year and through the summer of 2016 Fort Dorchester High School has been adding a new building to their campus. The new building contains new classrooms, a new gym, new bathrooms and a completely re-modeled varsity football locker room.
An aquatic center will also be added somewhere between Patriot Blvd and the school. The aquatic center will be open to the public for local swim meets to be held, but Fort Dorchester will have control over when the center is closed for school meets only. T
he new wing has just opened to all students at the start of the 2016-17 school year. New teachers have come into Fort to fill the new classrooms that are a part of the new wings
. This new wing has given some fine arts classes the larger classrooms that were needed. Some classrooms have transitioned from the trailers that were behind the school into the newly added wing of the building.
Along with the new wing of the building, Fort Dorchester has implemented some new rules and policies for their students in the 2016-17 school year. One of these new rules includes a much tighter approach to their cell phone policy, now if any student is caught with their phone out in class, they will be written up regardless of their cooperation in handing over their phone to the teacher. Now if a student refuses to give the teacher their phone, they will serve two days of out of school suspension. Along with their phones being taken by the teacher, the student must have a parent or guardian come pick up their phone from the front office as well as pay a $25 fine to get the phone back. As well as a tighter phone policy, Fort Dorchester has changed their tardy policy, over the past years there have been tardy stations around the school for students who are late to class. These stations would give students passes to class, these stations haven been removed from Fort Dorchester High School and now it is solely the teachers’ responsibility to keep track of tardies.