The North Shore School District’s Board of Education appointed Christopher Zublionis to serve as the new superintendent on April 7.
Zublionis, whose appointment will go into effect on July 1, has served as the district’s assistant superintendent of instruction since 2019.
The former principal of the Sea Cliff Elementary School and director of Social Studies at the North Shore High School said the opportunity to serve as the district’s next superintendent “is a dream come true.”
“From my first day on the job at North Shore High School 13 years ago, I realized that the North Shore Schools Community was unique in its dedication to personalized learning, innovation, and continuous improvement,” Zublionis said in a statement.
“The Board looks forward to a very successful final three months of the school year under Dr. Dolan’s leadership and a seamless transition to Dr. Zublionis’ tenure,” board officials said in a statement. “They have worked seamlessly together this school year, and the strength of our current Central Office Administration and building leadership will further buttress the transition to ensure that student learning, wellness, and achievement remains the focus of our district mission.”
Zulbonis has earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and education and a master of arts degree in social studies from Columbia University. Additionally, in 2016, he earned his doctor of education degree from Columbia’s Teachers College.
Zublionis touted the various educational and extracurricular programs the district offers and hopes to further enhance the experience for students, parents, staff and community stakeholders in his new role.
“Our students and families value the power of ambitious educational programming and the many extracurricular opportunities that are offered in our schools,” Zublionis said. “This connects powerfully to how our faculty demonstrates a consistent dedication to both their own professional growth and their development of positive relationships with students. This partnership of families, faculty and a wonderful community continues to prepare students to grow throughout their North Shore journey so they can discover their dreams.”
Zublionis will take over from Interim Superintendent Tom Dolan, who previously served the Great Neck, Manhasset and Sewanhaka school districts. Dolan succeeded the outgoing Superintendent Peter Giarrizzo, who left to head the Mount Pleasant Central School District in Westchester last year.
Dolan applauded the board’s decision to appoint Zublionis and said stakeholders should look forward to him heading up the district.
“I commend the Board of Education for the hours of hard work that they have now completed focusing on choosing the next superintendent of the North Shore Schools,” Dolan said in a statement. “The selection of Chris Zublionis reinforces how well they spent their time on this process.”