The Ottawa school board moved closer Monday night to selecting a new superintendent.

On Monday, the board met in a special executive session for nearly 2 1/2 hours to narrow the list of applicants down to two. The board is in the process of selecting a new superintendent to succeed Dr. Jeanne Stroh, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Interviews for the two candidates will begin next week. The names of the applicants have not been released but are expected to be following the interviews, which will take place Monday and Tuesday.

The board also:

• Approved a contract with the City of Ottawa to provide internet services to the district for $2,400 a month. Dean Grell, director of technology, said the district will quadruple its internet speeds with the new contract.

• Approved a bid for technology parts and equipment for a total of $129,287. The winning bids were received from a variety of vendors to provide different technology services. The technology parts and equipment for Ottawa High School are part of the voter-approved $63.1 million bond project to upgrade school facilities in the district.

• Heard from Harold Mayes of Agler and Gaeddert who conducted the district’s yearly audit. He said the audit was clean and there were no issues to address.