SALEM -- Hubbard Schools Treasurer Phillip Butto IV has joined the list of candidates seeking to become Salem schools' next treasurer.
Butto, of 219 Ridgewood Drive, Boardman, is one of six qualified candidates seeking the post left vacant in December by the resignation of Ted Cougras.
Butto has been Hubbard schools treasurer since September 2000, Dr. David Brobeck, Salem superintendent, said Friday.
Before that, Butto was assistant treasurer for the Trumbull County Educational Service Center.
He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Youngstown State University and is a certified public accountant, Brobeck said.
The Salem school board has been interviewing candidates for the job since last month.
The panel is focusing on two candidates it wants to interview for a second time, Brobeck said.
The school board is expected to meet privately again next week to interview job hopefuls.
It might be ready to hire someone in the second week of March, Brobeck said.
Cougras left just as the Columbiana County prosecutor's office and state auditor's office began inquiries into Salem schools treasurer's office activities. One focus of the inquiry is the purchase of $781 in office equipment that was delivered to Cougras' Poland home.
He has not been charged with any crime.