Administration

Administrative Team

North Shore School District

Dr. Thomas Dolan

Interim Superintendent

On, July 1, 2021, Dr. Thomas Dolan commences in the leadership role of the North Shore School District as the Interim Superintendent of Schools. One of the most respected educational leaders on Long Island, Dr. Dolan brings a wealth of relevant experience to this role. He served as the Superintendent of the Great Neck School District for six highly successful years after serving as Superintendent of the Franklin Square Elementary District, Principal of Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School, and Principal of Franklin Square’s H. Frank Carey Jr./Sr. High School. Since his retirement from Great Neck, Dr. Dolan led Nassau Community College for a year as its Interim President and, most recently, Acting/Interim Superintendent of the neighboring Locust Valley School District while they conducted a search for a permanent Superintendent. As important to the Board as these high-level leadership positions is Dr. Dolan’s deep understanding of pedagogy and student learning gained through 14 years as a high school classroom Social Studies teacher at the outset of his career. He is committed to the success of all students and the shared values we embrace at North Shore. At every position he has held, Dr. Dolan has led with warmth, kindness, and sincerity in forging strong relationships with students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and community.  
As we emerge from the pandemic and return to full-time in-person education in the Fall 2021, Dr. Dolan will set ambitious goals, oversee numerous capital projects, make progress on the strategic plan, and emphasize fiscal prudence in overseeing the ’21-’22 budget and presenting a ’22-’23 budget that respects taxpayers and is unwavering in its commitment to North Shore’s renowned academic and extracurricular program. Dr. Dolan will serve the North Shore School District until no later than June 30, 2022.   

Dr. Christopher Zublionis

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

Dr. Christopher Zublionis served as the principal of Sea Cliff Elementary School in North Shore from 2012 to 2019. During his seven years, Dr. Zublionis fostered a school-wide vision of “Building a Better World” and played an integral role in the development and implementation of the Shared Valued Outcomes. His prior administrative experience includes serving as a tenured Director of Social Studies at North Shore High School from 2009 to 2012. For eight years prior to his work as an administrator, Dr. Zublionis worked as a middle school social studies teacher, coach and student government advisor at the Syosset Central School District and spent a year teaching in West Babylon. Dr. Zublionis earned his Doctor of Education degree in 2016 from Columbia University-Teachers College. His dissertation research focused on Inclusive Civic Education, and is entitled, “Normalizing Difference in the Creation of Civic Learning Opportunities.” In addition, he has worked as a teacher educator with The New York City Teaching Fellows at Pace University and as an instructor in the Social Studies Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. “These experiences have helped me to develop a strong skill set in empowering teachers to discover and innovate best practices.”  In addition, Dr. Zublionis holds a Master of Arts degree (2004) in social studies from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree (2000) in history and education.

Olivia Buatsi

Assistant Superintendent for Business

Olivia T. Buatsi returned to The North Shore Schools as Assistant Superintendent for Business after five years in the district as Assistant Business Manager, from 1997 until 2002. She most recently served in the same position for the Hempstead Schools. At Hempstead Schools, she played a key role in the planning, development and management of a $113 million budget, contributing to the district's fiscal stability by reducing expenditure at all levels and maximizing revenues. Among her accomplishments, Ms. Buatsi developed strategies to overhaul the district's lunch program to bring it out of a deficit. Working cooperatively with the Assistant Superintendent for Business during her five years at North Shore, Ms. Buatsi was responsible for the business office staff, preparing the annual budget, implementing and monitoring it, the annual financial report, grants, and managing data related to the bond issue. Ms. Buatsi holds an MBA in Managerial and Public Accounting from Hofstra University, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Business Administration from the university. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. She is a member of the New York State Association of School Business Officials and the Nassau County Association of School Business Officials.