CHARLESTON - West Virginia state superintendent of schools Steven L. Paine has ordered that Frankfort head football coach Kevin Whiteman be suspended for 16 months as a result of accusations of inappropriate conduct with three students.
Whiteman has filed an appeal against that decision, however, and so his future with the Mineral County School System is once again in limbo.

By Liz Beavers
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CHARLESTON - West Virginia state superintendent of schools Steven L. Paine has ordered that Frankfort head football coach Kevin Whiteman be suspended for 16 months as a result of accusations of inappropriate conduct with three students.
Whiteman has filed an appeal against that decision, however, and so his future with the Mineral County School System is once again in limbo.
Paine issued the order on Thursday, April 25, with the suspension to be effective 16 months from that date.
Whiteman filed his appeal last week.
Whiteman has been on administrative leave since early 2016, with the Mineral County Board of Education approving that suspension on March 4, 2016, pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations.
Whiteman is accused of making inappropriate comments to three students on separate occasions.
Tuesday, the county board was scheduled to conduct a hearing on possible termination of Whiteman’s contract, but the item was stricken from the agenda - which was written prior to Whiteman’s appeal -  “until we get some more information,” according to superintendent Shawn Dilly.
According to the 13-page order from Paine, the Professional Practice Panel of the West Virginia Commission for Professional Teaching Standards had originally recommended that Whiteman be suspended through the end of the current school year.
A license revocation hearing was held by the West Virginia Department of Education on Dec. 6, 2016, with Whiteman and attorney Dan James present.
After hearing the evidence both from the students and Whiteman, that panel decided that Whiteman had “failed to maintain the professional boundaries between teacher and student” and recommended that his license be suspended through the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
The local board was awaiting an official ruling by then- state superintendent Michael Martirano prior to taking further action, but Martirano resigned his position prior to filing a response to the panel.
Paine was appointed to fill the position in March.
The fate of the Frankfort coach has been in limbo for quite sometime, with some news sources even reporting that the long-time coach had been cleared of the accusations when a Mineral County Grand Jury failed to indict him last year.
Assistant coach Craig Scott took over the reigns of the Falcon football team in the interim, but whether he will continue in that capacity when training begins in August is unclear.