Teacher and staff salaries in Hutto ISD will go up at least 3% across the board in the 2023-24 school year.

The district board of trustees approved a compensation plan for the 2023-24 school year at a May 24 meeting.

The plan includes 3% raises for all pay groups and adjusts pay scales for teachers and staff to align more closely with market standards.

Chief Financial Officer Glenn Graham said between the 3% raise and the pay scale adjustments, most teachers will see a pay increase of approximately 3.5%, and support staff will see an increase closer to 6%.

The changes are expected to add $2.9 million in payroll costs to the district's 2023-24 budget, up 4.3% from this school year's expenses.

Trustees also considered a 4% option—the same as the previous school year's pay increase—but Graham recommended the district opt for 3% due to budget uncertainties.

The 4% pay increase would have added $3.6 million in payroll costs, according to a district presentation.

"I doesn't seem like the Legislature ... is going to help," Graham said. "I know we're going to realize a deficit this year."

Graham said if an increase to the basic allotment is passed before the end of the legislative session, the district could consider adopting a 4% increase instead.