Rhodes serves on planning committee for new charter arts high school

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – Burnette Shutt & McDaniel attorney Janet Rhodes has joined more than a dozen educators, arts professionals, parents and community leaders on the planning committee for the Midlands Arts Conservatory, a public magnet school that will focus on the performing and visual arts.

The conservatory will open in fall 2018 with sixth- and seventh-graders and add a grade a year through 2023. The curriculum will include a rigorous core education along with immersion in music, theater, dance or visual arts. Students will select a primary art area as well as an elective art area.

Planned student-teacher ratios are a low 20 to 1, with even smaller groups planned in specialized arts areas. A variety of academic support, both online and through tutoring, will be available. During their time at the conservatory, students will participate in collaborative projects, including performances. They’ll have exposure to working artists through guest performances and workshops as well as field opportunities.

Because it’s a public charter school, the conservatory will be open to any South Carolina student at no charge. The conservatory currently is in the process of locating a suitable building that can house both classrooms and the larger footprint that housing performance facilities requires.

Rhodes, a talented vocalist, has a life-long involvement in the arts. As an undergraduate at Wofford College she was a partner of the show choir. She’s currently a partner of the Sandlapper Singers, South Carolina’s premiere choral ensemble.

Rhodes focuses her practice at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel on employment law, litigating in South Carolina and federal courts. She’s represented clients in discrimination cases, wrongful termination complaints, equal pay and other wage disputes and issues involving federal law such as the Family Leave and Medical Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.