New NEMO superintendent arrested for stealing, forgery

Michael "Mike" Rennells, 34, was formally charged on Monday.

UPDATE: The South Shelby R-IV School Board is going to withdraw its job offer to a superintendent candidate amid allegations that he stole money from his previous school district.

The agenda for Thursday night's emergency school board meeting said the district will rescind its offer to Michael â??Mikeâ?? Rennells, 34, of Grant City, Missouri.


The Putnam County native hired to be the new superintendent of the South Shelby R-IV School district in Shelbina is facing legal troubles.

Incoming superintendent, Michael â??Mikeâ?? Rennells, 34, of Grant Gity, Missouri, is accused of stealing from the school in northwest Missouri where he is currently superintendent.

According to court documents, Rennells faces one felony charge of stealing and two felony charges of forgery.

Those charges were filed Monday in Worth County.

Investigators claim Rennells used the school district's credit card to buy nearly $1,700 worth of items for his personal use.

They said Rennells also fabricated invoices and made misleading representations on the districtâ??s Credit Card Purchases form to try to cover his tracks.

If his name sounds familiar, that is probably because Rennells used to be principal at Green City High School and later at Schuyler County High School.

He was also a coach in the Green City district during his time there.

According to our friends at, Rennells is scheduled to start his new job in Shelbina on July 1, 2013.

South Shelby School Board members became aware of a potential problem when Rennells was locked out of his office in the Worth County Schools last month and placed on administrative leave by the school board there.

Rennells did not return KRES Radio's call for comment, but he told the Moberly radio station during an interview last month he wasn't sure why he was in trouble.

Rennell's bond is set at $10,000. A spokesman at the Worth County Sheriffâ??s Office told KTVO Wednesday afternoon that Rennellâ??s was not in custody at the jail there.

The prosecutor told the radio station that additional charges could be filed once all reports come in from investigators. reports that in light of the charges against the incoming superintendent, the South Shelby School Board has scheduled an emergency meeting for Thursday evening.

The board will meet in closed session to discuss plans for where to go from here.

The investigation was handled by the Worth County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control.