Qualifying Petition Signatures 

School Board/Intermediate School Board Positions: Candidates seeking a school board position may file a $100.00 nonrefundable fee, as detailed below, in lieu of a petition: 

  • School district with less than 10,000 in population according to the most recent federal census: minimum of 6 signatures; maximum of 20 signatures. A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed in lieu of a petition.


  • School district with 10,000 or more in population according to the most recent federal census: minimum of 40 signatures; maximum of 100 signatures. A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed in lieu of a petition.

2010 Federal Census School District Populations

School District Population
Benton Harbor Area Schools 32,484
Berrien Springs Public Schools 13,938
Brandywine Community Schools 8,485
Bridgman Public Schools 5,470
Buchanan Community Schools 9,911
Coloma Community Schools 10,308
Eau Claire Public Schools 3,732
Lakeshore Public Schools 17,439
New Buffalo Area Schools 4,824
Niles Community Schools 23,381
River School- Sodus #5 204
River Valley School District 8,507
Riverside School- Hagar #6 447
St. Joseph Public Schools 19,027
Watervliet Public Schools 6,968