Marshfield School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Mayo is excited for the completion of the first ever safe room in the district. It's a project that's been nearly four years in the making.
"We applied for funding in 2009 and got notification in December of 2012 that it had been approved. It took about 60 days to take bids on the project," said Mayo.
It's a lengthy process that's been delayed by government conflict several times since its inception.
"When they had the first argument in congress over the debt ceiling they put some of these projects on hold and it delayed the grant application process," Mayo said.
Now, because of the shutdown, Marshfield faces another obstacle: Getting its 75 percent fund match from FEMA to pay for the project.
"We have one payment that has been held up due to the shutdown, about $390,000, I believe," said Mayo.
"We are being optimistic that the shutdown won't last forever and that they'll go ahead and fund that eventually. If they don't do that, it would deplete our reserves by that amount of money," he said.
Local architects say the timing of this crisis in Washington could be another factor causing delays for many districts.
"We see a snowball effect in this process because instead of them getting released in the fall which is really good for getting bids and starting construction, if that goes into early winter you are dealing with delays because of the holidays and it may not be the best time to break ground on the facility," said Brad Erwin, an architect with Paragon Architecture.
And while the delay is inconvenient, some say getting a safe room late is better than not at all.
"They are protecting an entire generation of kids in some of these communities so a three- or six-week delay is a blip on the radar in the end," Erwin said.
The Marshfield safe room likely will be completed by December or early 2014.