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Wilson's suit further alleges that "grossly negligent record keeping" on the part of the high school led to the errors. "Even after the 2015-16 school year ended, the plaintiffs sought proper resolution from the defendants as to the plaintiff's class ranking and sought to restore her to the correct and proper position she has earned based on her academic record," reads the complaint against the district. "As a result, the plaintiffs have been damaged due to the grossly negligent actions of the defendants, and due to the intentional and conscious failure to investigate the plaintiff's class ranking and the acceptance of the submission of grades by another student after the deadline to submit grades for the purpose of GPA calculations and due to the defendants failure to return her to the No. 1 position she rightfully earned over the course of her grading periods in her high school academic career." The student who held the co-valedictorian ranking with Wilson is not named in the suit, which directly names school board members Jason Newsome, Ellis Evans, John Hardy, George Frierson, Ron Wingard, Dale McKenzie and Norma Reardon. The paperwork accuses the board members, Dennis, DuRant and Cook in separate paragraphs with "acting in a manner to change, alter or improperly record student grades that resulted in the wrongful class ranking of the plaintiff, and that such action was grossly negligent and was an intentional and conscious failure to properly maintain the grades and class ranking of the plaintiff." Andrea White, the attorney retained to represent the defendants in this case, said last week that "this is an unfortunate situation, but the district believes it acted properly." "We will be answering it within the time allotted by the law, which is 30 days from the time of service," said White, a partner with White and Story Law Firm out of Columbia. "The district believes it handled the situation involving the determination of the valedictorian for the 2015-16 school year properly and that no district policy or state law or Department of Education regulations were violated." White said Thursday that she knew a summons and complaint had been served on the district office itself, which is effective legal service on the school board, but that she did not know yet whether Cook, Dennis and DuRant had been personally served.