FALMOUTH — Proposals received for the former Plummer-Motz and Lunt school properties will likely be kept secret to give town officials the best bargaining position in negotiations, Town Council Chairwoman Teresa Pierce said tonight.

Pierce said councilors reached consensus on the matter after discussing their legal responsiblities under the state’s Freedom of Access Act with the town’s attorney, William Plouffe of Drummond Woodsum in Portland. The discussion took place in executive session.

In open session, councilors weighed the public’s right to know against their desire to negotiate the best deal for the sale or lease of the 20-acre school complex on Lunt Road.

The town is seeking proposals, due Nov. 29, to buy, lease or redevelop the former school properties, which were replaced by the new Falmouth Elementary School on Woodville Road.

Pierce said an order, calling for the proposals to be opened and negotiated in executive session, will be drafted for consideration at the council’s next meeting.