Shelton residents should be proud of how much the city\u2019s school system gets done with limited resources, according to Allan Cameron, former Board of Education (BOE) finance director. Cameron said while the system has low per pupil expenses compared to other districts, Shelton students score well on standardized tests and go on to top colleges. \u201cI feel the Board of Education is the \u2018Shelton model,\u2019\u201d Cameron said. \u201cWe are doing something right here. We do more with less in Shelton.\u201d As someone who lives in Shelton, Cameron said he understands the importance of being frugal. \u201cI always wanted to be sure we did the best we could with the money we have,\u201d he said. \u201cI felt it was my responsibility.\u201d After more than 18 years on the job, Cameron \u2014 known for his friendly demeanor \u2014 stepped down at the end of June but will help his successor with the transition for a few weeks. He\u2019s been through some bruising budget battles through the years, working under three superintendents during his tenure. Burr: He's 'done a tremendous job' Current Supt. Freeman Burr said Cameron \u201chas just done a tremendous job ... He has put the resources where they were most needed.\u201d Burr said when he first arrived in Shelton, it was Cameron who gave him the bad news that the BOE faced a $2.5 million budget gap and suggested ways to reduce spending and partner with employee unions. \u201cIt took a lot of courage,\u201d Burr said of Cameron\u2019s upfront approach. BOE Chairman Mark Holden said Cameron always provided answers to his questions, including when Holden was on the tax board, and his efforts have helped the school district \u201cto deliver Shelton value.\u201d Had a long career at GE Cameron, 66, came to the BOE in a somewhat unorthodox way. The Milford native had a successful 25-year career in sales and marketing with General Electric, working around the country. He didn\u2019t think Shelton spent enough on education so he ran for aldermen as a Republican twice, losing both times. When the BOE finance director\u2019s position opened up, someone else was hired but then that person died and Cameron was selected as a replacement. He leaves with a sense of accomplishment. \u201cI came here to help make things better,\u201d Cameron said. \u201cI think we \u2014 and that means a lot of people \u2014 made things better.\u201d Some of that progress, he said, has involved energy use, technology and employee cooperation. The school district has installed efficient lighting and cooling systems and made related improvements. \u201cBeing a GE guy, I understand energy,\u201d he said. Using technology to enhance learning Cameron said Shelton has been on the cutting edge of using technology in education. A technology committee helped shape this path, he said. \u201cPeople need to have the tools to be productive,\u201d he said. Cameron praised Shelton teachers and other school staff for their commitment, saying the district has a good working relationship with its employees. He also pointed to advances in robotics, science fairs and offering healthy cafeteria meals, including breakfasts. \u201cI wish as part of the dialog we\u2019d say that one of the great things about Shelton is the strength of our school system,\u201d he said. Cameron liked his job because there were always new challenges, many having to do with money. \u201cWe\u2019ve done a lot of things to save money through the years,\u201d he said, emphasizing the goal is to use funds to directly impact school children. Now it's time for travel, family Cameron said now is the right time to leave, with his wife Joan recently retiring as a hospital RN and both of them being in good health. They met in Boston when Cameron attended Northeastern University. \u201cWe want to take the time to enjoy our children and grandchildren when he can,\u201d he said, noting his elderly mother also is still alive. They have grandchildren in Maine and Massachusetts as well as Connecticut, many at an age where they\u2019re active in sports and robotics. \u201cIt\u2019s a good time for us,\u201d he said. They plan to travel, with one goal being to visit major league baseball stadiums around the country. His wife is a big Yankee fan, while he likes the Red Sox. Cameron said while he traveled a lot with GE, most of that time was spent in city centers. \u201cI\u2019d like to see the highways and byways,\u201d he said, mentioning places such as Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon as possible destinations. Their goal is to head out on their first road trip this fall, perhaps in a RV. \u201cWe have a lot of places to go,\u201d he said. Lots on the to-do list at home Cameron also expects to keep busy around the house. \u201cI have a honey-do list that\u2019s about a mile long,\u201d he said. He\u2019s a handy kind of guy, particularly with indoor tasks, and excels at woodworking. He built a boat a few years ago, now used by his brother. \u201cWhat I\u2019m hoping to do is make furniture,\u201d he said.