The three largest school districts in Hays County are expected to receive tens of millions of dollars in additional funding for teacher pay raises following the signing of House Bill (HB) 3 by Governor Greg Abbott.
HB 3, the public school finance bill, ensures an additional $11.6 billion in public school finance, which means extra cash for school districts across the state.
Following passage of HB 3, teachers, librarians and counselors will receive a 4.35% increase. Auxiliary staff will receive a 4% increase while administration and other employees will receive a 3% increase.
Hays CISD Chief Communications Officer Tim Savoy said the district’s strategy is to focus on pay increases for teachers who have been employed at the district between 5 and 15 years.
“This is the time when teachers typically leave the industry, as supported by data,” Savoy said. “By increasing salaries, we can focus on keeping educators in the industry while attracting more people to join the industry.”
Savoy said the district will receive $12.8 million from HB 3. However, that amount may increase to $15.8 million which would increase salaries by an average of 5.25%.
Dripping Springs ISD
On June 24, the DSISD Board of Trustees approved a 5% salary increased for teachers with five or more years of experience and 4% for others.
Those percentages will increase the starting salary to $48,300. Teachers with 5 years of experience will be paid $50,230, while those with 10 years will start at $52,230.
Educators with 20 years of experience will earn $58,143 a year.
DSISD Superintendent Bruce Gearing said the pay increase will mark the highest percent raise in at least a decade.
“This unprecedented pay increase adopted by the board is a tangible way of showing DSISD employees how much they are valued as the life changers in the district,” Gearing said.
San Marcos CISD
In June, SMCISD’s Board of trustees approved the expenditure of $2.6 million for anticipated pay increases, which will see new teachers starting at $49,662 per year.
Teachers, librarians and counselors with up to 5 years of experience will receive a 3% pay increase. Educators with over 6 years will receive a 4% increase.
Wimberley ISD has not set the budget for the upcoming year. A WISD official said the district is still evaluating what the increases will be.